Looking for help! IBS w/ Constipation

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/16/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a 23 year old male. When I was 14, I started off with gas problems. I found myself often not being able to hold it like most others. This affected how I was in school, meetings, moods, as well as many others. As time progressed, problems got worse, it started to happen more often. By the age of 16, I dropped out of school because I could no longer endear the embarrasement it caused me. At the time, I was very insecure about this and hadn't discussed this with anyone. I was at this stage till right around 18 years old.

Then the next stage kicked in. I got to the point to where I could no longer take trips, go into meetings with people I didn't know, because I instantly had fears of having an accident. I thought it couldn't get any worse. Boy was I wrong. It was only the beginning.

I'll skip till where I am now. I am now 23, 9 years since I first noticed any problems. I will no longer leave my house unless it is within 5 minutes or to the hospital which I have been forced to go many times due to this. I have tried every diet. I have seen over 10 doctors (GI) and family practioners.  eyes  I have had many tests done, i.e. colonsopy, small bowel series, upper, lower gi, etc...  No one can find anything. I do not work because I get serverly sick.

I can handle the bathroom, gas problem, etc... What happens to me now is *_SEVERE SEVERE_* stomach cramps, pains, acid, etc... Sometimes I just want to fall over and die. The only minor relief I get is to sit in a hot bath tub to calm my stomach. Bentyl doesn't really work for me. The only med if at all that works for a few minutes is Mylanta, but I can't overdose on that. It only works for a few minutes.

My life is horrible now. I am always grouch with my family. I sleep 12-15 hours a day so I don't have to face these problems all day. I no longer see family or go to family gatherings because of this. Due to not having a job, I have no insurance. I can not step foot into a doctors office without having $100.00 to give them for the visit.

I have run out of answers. I am desperately looking for help as I can no longer live like this.

Anything you advise, *_please please_* help me out.

I thank you sooo much. smilewinkgrin

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 105
   Posted 11/17/2008 1:25 AM (GMT -7)   
One answer I might be able to give you is to apply for SSI disability. If you go to www.SSA.gov , the social security web page, you can find out info on what to do next. Getting SSI should take care of a lot of your bills and meds.

Good luck, I feel for you, you are much too young for this karma
It seemed like a good idea at the time

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/17/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
the one thing i can suggest is food, BM and pain diary. That way you will get to notice if certain foods are making it worse. After having my large colon removed i was still the same wasy as you until i seen a dietician and we done the diary. You can do that yourself without docs. If you start to notice a problem food banish it for a while. I noticed lots of things. It also seems that the very high fibre diet i have been on since childhood might not be what i needed at all. I know its probably a daft question but do you drink plenty of fluids. ??  I have also noticed that cerals with lots of milk before bed help me now. believe me when i say i was the exact same zs you, from birth. nothing seemed to work. The pain was unbearable, especially when it was on to 3 weeks of no bm. hope this is of help to you. amanda idea
extreme constipation from birth
fainting spells aged 15, then diagnosed I.B.S
anal fissures, haemorrhoids internal and external
mucous and bleeding
sigmoidoscopies, endoscpies, scans, x-rays, bloods
h-pylori aged 24-26
more tests, diagnosed severe slow transit, marker tests took 3-4 weeks to come away
large colon removed in 2007, aged 27( surgeon said removed 10ft) no colostomy
still in severe pain, awaiting dietician appt, now lots of food intoleraces
 so much better. now concentraing of food intolerances, odd bad day
meds- ibuprofen, fluoxetine, amitriptyline,and omeprazole 
now med free!!!
LOCATION- North east of scotland

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 12/6/2008 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I second the diary suggestion, and I think, since you are writing you your are not working and at home, you should try to look into alternative medicine solutions for your problem.

It sounds like your problem is related to many parts of your body, and thats one thing that alternative medicine takes into consideration when finding a cure. There are many methods that are worth looking into : ayurvedic massage, ****su and more.

I would also suggest trying the following exercise: http://best-constipation-cures.com/constipation-relief/

You never know what might help - the important thing is not to give up!!!
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