Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Support Group

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common intestinal disorder that is characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping, and constipation. Typically no abnormalities appear during standard medical testing, and so irritable bowel syndrome is identified by the symptoms. Although irritable bowel syndrome can cause serious discomfort, the intestines are not harmed.

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  • Koyu

    Any ideas?

    Hi Group,I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on dealing with constipation. I have tried pear juice, prune juice, eating a lot of vegetables, massaging my stomach, drinking water but still struggling with it. I had IBS-d until the past couple of weeks when it turned into IBS-c. I also tried laxative but would like a more gentler approach.A little frustrated since I like to go out more since it...
  • jasp435

    Managing Pain - Tramadol

    I have had IBS all my life, even as a small child. I am now 57. The only thing I can count on every day is pain. My attempt to manage it have included diet, exercise, meditation, medication, denial, outrage, depression, anxiety, and humor. The only relief I ever get is not eating entirely or taken pain medication when I do eat.Since my IBS is the C sort, I also take Linzess every other day which...
  • Lisab18

    Just got dx with ibs

    New to this forumDr put me on bentyl on Saturday 10mg x 3 a dayhow long does it take it to start working?I've has some relief but not nearly what enough today they changed dosage from 10 mg to 20 mg 3 x daypraying that this will help me get goingim miserable n hurting any suggestions anyone???????
  • Bedwetter

    Sudden diarrhea

    Hi I'm new to this site and I wonder if anyone has the same symptoms and what they do about. My stepbrother is suffering from wetting but also sudden diarrhea. Usually he is fine and as I think has normal bowel movements. I believe it happens when he gets anxieous or excited. Mom tried already different diets and therapies but nothing really helped.
  • cherrytreats

    IBS getting worse

    I was given a blanket diagnosis several years ago but no tests where done and I was told to go read a book about fodmops. I read the book and impleiemnted the changes. My food options where restricted and things became manageable. But every now and then things got worse and more food types caused problems. I tried probiotics and for years they helped. I switched to a different brand but not only...
  • LibbyTeal

    Altoids and IBS

    Wondering if anyone else has suffered from the following situation. My anxiety causes me to feel queasy and/or dry-mouthed fairly often, so I eat mini-altoids fairly frequently. The past three days have been especially anxiety ridden (for various reasons), so I ate even more altoids than usual -- probably 3 small tins over the course of the past 4 days. Tonight I have horrible diarrhea. :-( My...
  • beatle

    Are all these conditions connected?

    I have had fibromyalgia for a few years along with osteoarthritis. A bad back episode maybe 1x a year. Then last summer I got vertigo for the first time after a back pain episode. This was folllowed by occular migraines (hardly had any headaches in my life) which lasted all summer. It all went away until this April I developed diverticulitis from a food poisoning incident And had to take strong...
  • Debbi

    desperate for a diagnosis

    I am new as well and I have had stomach issues all my life. I have had several surgeries including an anterior resection for a intusseception. That is a rare thing apparently, just my luck I would get it. The Dr said my intestines were folding up like a telescope folds up. They did surgery and were able to reattach them, otherwise I was told I would have to have a colostomy bag. I am scared to...
  • Fay123

    ibs with constipation pain

    Hello!  I am new to this Support Group.  I have had ibs with constipation for years and lately I have been in a lot of pain.  My doctor is changing my medication to Librax.  Has anyone out there tried this and if so did it work for you?
  • muffindog


    Hi everyone,I am new to this board and this is my first post. A quick history, I have had stomach problems for years and have finally seen a gastroentranologist who has diagnosed me with IBS. My symptoms are mainly extreme and painful bloating and consipation but also include muscle pain, very low energy and joint pain. I also get 3 reoccuring sores but he didn't think they are related. I am...
  • ruthgrps

    Does anyone get this? -Help

    I have a bowel problem, as in I never get an urge to go and open my bowels, unless I take senna, I havent been taking senna for long it was prescribed by the doctor but I dont take it every evening.  My problem is I never have an urge to go and open my bowels EVER!  Wondered if anyone had some thoughts!
  • ceilidhdog

    trapped wind and burping

    hello I have just joined. I have had ibs  for around 9 years. Usually type d but lately mixed more towards type c. I have often suffered from trapped wind which nearly always comes up the way but lately it has been awful and really getting me down. Most nights I wake up in the early hours in pain, plenty wind comes out but it seems to just keep regenerating and I get very little sleep. I have...
  • Woe_Be_Gone

    Taking its toll on my quality of life. :(

    I have been a long time sufferer of IBS and Gastroperesis. It started when I was a teenager and has gotten worse over the decades. GI doctors say I am on the verge of hitting IBD status, though they never seem to have a solution as to prevention of this.I have had 18 inches of colon removed due to tissue damage caused by it twisting upon itself.I just found out I have developed a Rectocele...
  • SJH

    Newly diagnosed with IBS

    Hi, just diagnosed yesterday with IBS after having months of tests that all were negative. They tested me for everything imagineable. The IBS dx makes sense now looking back. I have had other stomach issues over the last few years and my Vagus nerve always played a part. The current nausea and overall not feeling well portion is kicking my butt. Dr. prescribed Lexapro to calm my anxiety and the...
  • shelleyk


    I am going for a colonoscopy soon and I am just wondering what the procedure is like (from prep to completion) as the last time I went it was 20 years ago and I have heard its different now (before prep was 3 days plus an enema before the procedure) Can anyone shed some light?