As the subject says, I believe I have IBS.
All of this started when I was in my early 20's (Im 34 now...). Unbearable pain in my abdomen causing me to go to the hospital. I have had my upper and lower GI looked at (colonoscopy and the other one-cant remember the name).
My doctor at Kaiser (years ago) said I had IBS. I was like "what the heck is that?" I ignored it of course.
I thought "I need to stop eating McDonalds". Then I said the same thing about KFC. And Popeyes. And Wendys. Then I started paying attention.
Whenever I eat something, 15-30 minutes later I have to go. And IT HURTS LIKE HELL until I go. Sometimes it doesnt hurt, I just have an URGENT need to go. It feels like Imma poop all in my pants if I dont go NOW. Well, not right now... :)
I recently took a trip to Seattle for IT training (Im an IT specialist with the Federal Government). While I was there, I started having bowel issues. I quickly popped 2 Imodiums. That stopped it. Actually, it stopped EVERYTHING. For DAYS! I had to take that red nasty stuff (cant remember the name, I just remember I had to take it before my colonoscopy years ago) to get things moving again. Constipation SUCKS (well.. STUCKS!!... Bad joke, I know...)!!!
Ok. Feeling my guts bubble and HEARING it bubble is not comfortable. Diarrhea almost every other day it not comfortable. Neither is looking down and seeing GREEN. Recently, I took an Imodium and I GOT CONSTIPATED AGAIN. I took EX-LAX this time. It was a lot more "gentle" then that red stuff. I will never take the red stuff again. Now Im semi-normal but of course, Im bubbling again. Its stressing me out, and I think the stressing is maiking it WORSE. After reading some of this forum, THANK GOD I DONT HAVE BLOOD IN MY STOOL!!!
Im almost afraid to eat now. I dont know what I can or cant eat. Im impatiently waiting for my doctors appointment. What do I do?