Yes I agree high school can be rough. I was fortunate to go to an all girls school AND find quality, life long friends who were and are still there for me, to this day (35+ years later!).....
But I had one very rough 7th grade year. Felt into the wrong crowd, who made it a point to target me when I wouldn't shop lift with them, etc. Whatever they were into, I refused to do. And meanwhile all around were better choices for friends but I didn't see any of these possibilities, I just want those wild friends not to be wild.
I didn't have normal bm's that year either. I told an older sister of a friend (the nicest of that wild group) while I couldn't go in public. She said - you can really mess your body up that way. What my mom had been telling me all along too. But I didn't want to listen to mom's, doctors, etc.
Long story short, somehow I survived my 7th grade year, eventually made better friends, became that loyal, non catty friend in return and well decided to poop in public. Thank goodness I figured all of that out.
But I was a picky eater thru it all though, barely eat anything. I didn't really enjoy food until I was 20 and married. In charge of my own kitchen.
So yes being 16, in high school, with IBS issues can be one really rough time in life.
Being a snacker might be helpful to IBS, if the snacks are good for the gut. 1 banana, 1 cup of applesauce, 1 apple, 1 yogurt cup, 1 granola bar, small bag of pretzels, 1 bagel, etc. Just not french fries, deep fried foods, candy, junk food. See if you can suggest healthy snacks.
I find that if I eat small meals and much smaller portions than I ever did prior to my IBS, I feel so much better than if I consumed a very large meal.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening