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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i'm new this forum. I was diagnosed with ibs when I was 15, the docters thought I was a heavy smoker and drinker and I had a stomach ulser, when the realised I didn't I spent the rest of my school year in a hospital school while they figured my problems out.

I am now 22 years old and I must say that ibs doesn't go away not for one day. It is all down to what you eat, what you drink and when it feels like flaring up.

In the past 7 years I have had to stop eating so many different foods. It's quicker to say I eat, chiken, potato and chocolate. There are the only things I can eat to keep myself ok. I drink only water and sometimes pepsi max (proper coke etc is definatly a no no) and well it's a very boring lifestyle. I tried smoking but that just make it worse, it creates more stress than if you didn't smoke in my opinion. Tea/coffee well bascially there is no general normality in my diet.

I have read a few things on this website that hopefully I can help you with and I have one question too.

The docters avoided saying I had ibs when I was 15 because it was uncommon, it worried them but it is definatly possible. Ibs can wake you up at night but thankfully a controlled diet sorted that out for me. Through the years though, the things I can eat changes, it seems the more you eat something the more your bowels won't like it. Anal leakage can happen, I have had it a couple of occasions when I maybe eat/drink something wrong and my bowels cramp and everything just feels loose after they've calmed down. Testical pain is definatly there, more common in my left one when it happens, it's so uncomfatble it worries me, especially when I have recently got a new girlfriend and it started again and the symptoms are similar to sti's. Alcohol is a problem too worse for some than others but thats like all ibs you need to figure what works and doesn't work for you and in my experice things change and if you ever find someone that understands you, make sure you keep them close. It took some family members 6 years to realise I wasn't lying how I felt and what i'd been through, once they saw me in pain and discomfort and definatly aggravted with life.

Now, the docters with ibs are kinda useless, i've had to go through all this myself and figure it out. They don't understand so when you miss work because of a bad ibs day or you let a friend or partnet down, its no wonder 90% of the time they don't understand, unless you've known each other a long time.

I have a couple of questions for the forum, wondering if you could help me out:

I've had sore testicals for a couple of days now, and have a very frequent feeling of needing to go for a wee? Now i've had this 3 or 4 times before but the next day I'd wake up it'd be gone.

My docter I don't think belives me as when you go for a poo your supposed to feel relived fine and dandy but sometimes mines I need to go, I go and my stomach feels like someones booted me in it after i've been. I haven't figured this one out yet, but as it seems to have settled down lately I'm not worrying to much.

Also, does anyone seem to have an over active mind? One that you tell yourself your fine but your sub conscious doesn't belive. I guess that Anxiety is linked with ibs. But I worry too much for example at the moment I feel I might have caught something from my girlfriend when I asked her before hand becuase the way my testicals feel and the feeling of needing to wee is driving my crazy. My stomach was bloated/sore with this but it seems to easing.

Any help would be fantatic.

Thanks for reading.

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   Posted 2/10/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had IBS since I was ten and am 49 now. Its not that IBS is uncommon, its very common, its that a long time ago they didn't know as much about it as they do know. It is considered a neurological bowel disorder.

A couple things here. Don't drink soda at all. Don't eat chocolate because it creates more serotonin in your gut and that can be a big problem. Serotonin is involved in IBS.

You need to improve your diet if that is all your eating.

also foods don't cause IBS, but certain foods can trigger the underlying condition as well as stressors and anxiety.

It also sounds like you need a better doctor you can work with, internal medicine doctors are good for primary care and a gi if you need one.

You need to really ask your doctor about the testicals problem.

People with IBS can have ballder issues, but what your describing is a little off for IBS.

"Also, does anyone seem to have an over active mind? One that you tell yourself your fine but your sub conscious doesn't belive. I guess that Anxiety is linked with ibs. "

This is part of the vicious cycle of IBS, symptoms can create anxiety which creates more symptoms.

Funny also you mentioned the sub concious mind as Gut directed hypnotherapy has been shown to be very effective for most people with IBS.

You should read these sites.

Gut Feelings: The Surprising Link Between Mood and Digestion

The Neurobiology of Stress and Emotions
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/10/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I ment that food triggers it, I've changed my diet alot of times, seem's to be alot of problem. I would improve my diet but I mean so many things trigger mine, I can't even have bread but Thanks for the tips :)

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   Posted 2/11/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a video with this
with permission
Diet, food and eating can affect symptoms in IBS. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) notice that their symptoms appear to get worse following a meal. They may wonder if they have a dietary allergy or intolerance. More confusing, they may notice that a food seems to upset them on one day but not another.

Among the most common questions IBS patients have is what food to avoid. This can drive a person to go looking for a diet or a test that might help sort all this out. A bewildering amount of often conflicting advice is available, especially on the Internet. Much of it is associated with a considerable cost.

Diet, eating, and IBS symptoms

Video: Diet, Eating and IBS


There are a variety of factors that affect IBS, and diet is just one of these. If other factors, such as stressors or hormonal changes, are more active on a particular day, then diet is more likely to push your symptoms "over the edge."  

There is no evidence that digestion of food is different in those with IBS compared to those without IBS. Diet, food and eating do not cause IBS. However, muscles and nerves are over-reactive in IBS. This can cause the bowel to over-respond to stimuli. Even a normal event such as the act of eating itself, and not a particular food, may aggravate symptoms at times. Eating releases hormones that stimulate the gut.

Cramping and diarrhea

Certain foods are known to stimulate gut reactions in general. In those with IBS eating too much of these might bring about or worsen symptoms. For example symptoms of abdominal cramps and diarrhea might be brought on by...

  • Meals that are too large or high in fat
  • Fried foods
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol 

Eating too much of some types of sugar that are poorly absorbed by the bowel can also cause cramping or diarrhea. Examples include… 

  • Sorbitol – commonly used as a sweetener in many dietetic foods, candies, and gums
  • Fructose – also used as a sweetener and found naturally in honey as well as some fruits

Gas and bloating

Some foods are gas producing. Eating too much may cause increased gaseousness. This is especially true since IBS can be associated with retention of gas and bloating. Examples include…

  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Legumes (like peas, peanuts, soybeans)
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Raisins
  • Onions
  • Bagels


If fiber seems to be a problem, it is usually insoluble fiber (mainly found in cereals or whole grains) that is the offender. Soluble fiber, mainly found in fruits and vegetables, is less likely to be a problem. When adding fiber to the diet, it is best to do so slowly over a period of weeks. This helps avoid discomfort. If gas or distention occur, try reducing the amount of fiber and reducing consumption of gas-producing foods. For more on dietary fiber Go ».

What to do about diet

The influence of diet is unique to each person. There is no generalized dietary advice that will work for everyone. A physician can take a brief dietary history and help identify dietary and/or other factors that may impact symptoms. Keeping a diary for 2–3 weeks of dietary intake, symptoms, and any associated factors (like daily obligations, stressors, poor sleep, medications) can help with this. For those with IBS who benefit from simple dietary modifications, it makes sense to adjust the diet and reduce intake of the offending food. It does not make sense to adopt unnecessarily limited diets. This can lead to reduced quality of life or even malnutrition.

Doctors and patients need to talk about diet. Guidance needs to be provided by a knowledgeable health care professional (like a physician or registered dietician). They can assess individual circumstances affecting IBS, while helping make sure that nutritional needs are being met through a balanced diet, and healthy eating habits.



I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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