Patient Comments: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Symptoms


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Comment from: lifebeing, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

With irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) One minute I'm fine and then I'm on the toilet doubled over with diarrhea and straining. I'm in pain and sweating while on the toilet. My body becomes hot and sweaty. It eventually passes, but leaves me exhausted. I've been using Duralax for months as prescribed by a doctor. I am so sick of being sick. This started April and my life hasn't been the same since. I suffer from depression as it is and this isn't helping matters. My head is all over the place.

Comment from: missy h, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 22

My irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms are, in the morning, before bowel movement, I am fatigued, nauseated, have chills and nervous shakes. This happens at the same time each day till bowel movement is completed. And also, everything makes me severely bloated on the left side.

Comment from: psflyboy6060 , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

After years of severe IBS-D (irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea), and every diagnostic test and treatment possible, which were unsuccessful, I was injured in a very serious accident for which I was prescribed narcotic pain medication. The narcotic was the first and only medication that controlled my severe diarrhea. Despite all the social issues surrounding narcotics, I still take them for my IBS-D and it’s been controlled ever since. I'm under the care of a specialist.

Comment from: Ibbs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

Find your trigger food for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It took me years to figure out mine was garlic. If I stay away from it and all foods in the allicin family, onions etc., it helps immensely. Also make sure you have an adequate intake of fiber every day to keep yourself regular, and don't let yourself get bloated after eating, Gas-X should be your best friend. It is hard to eat out at restaurants and in other people’s homes when you can't eat garlic. But if it stops you from getting ill and having acute pain, it is worth it. You would be surprised by the number of people that have gastrointestinal (GI) upset with garlic and other foods in this garlic family. I also use Bentyl which has worked for me for years for GI spasms when I need it.

Comment from: Patacake, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I have had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) all my adult life. Lately I have had bowel movements with a really foul odor. Not usual for me. I don’t know why this would change. I had tests 8 months that were fine.

Comment from: shane, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

Stress tends to trigger my IBS. Eating until I’m full will also trigger it. Not relieving gas (farting) and having gas backed up will often trigger it. Not so much certain foods, but often after eating causes it. Sometimes, it just happens. I could be under stress and not know it, but I feel as if it just happens. Sharp pains in my gut let me know I'm about to go. It feels almost like food poisoning in a way.


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