May 17, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 47 years old.  I have had IBS-since I was in about 17 years old.  I almost got suspended from school one year for being late to class too many times.  Up until about a year ago I had IBS-D, and almost overnight it changed to IBS-C.  I am so miserable I could die sometimes.  I am taking Linzess, and it doesn't work very well.  Sometimes I wait until the weekend and take laxatives to clean me out - since I know I will be home all day.  The bloating and gassy feeling is so bad sometimes it gets up in my chest. If I didn't know what it was - I would prob. think I was having a heart attack.  I have an appt. w/a new gastro on June 20.  My old Gastro just keeps doing barium enemas to clean me out. Besides this, I also have Interstitial Cystits, terrible Migraines, and I have had laser surgery for endometriosis twice.  I work for my family right now, but they are going to be closing down their business soon, and I am so worried about getting a new job.  I don't know of anyone who will hire me when I can't come to work some days b/c of migraines or I am late b/c I have diarrhea, etc...... I am just so depressed.  Does anyone have any advice? 

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November 18, 2016 07:30 — Alison Simpson

Dear Aleah, I understand your distress. I had IBS for over 25 years, and it became chronic - but I have beaten it. Everyone's IBS is a little different, but check out my blog and you may find some of the info useful. The key to getting rid of IBS is understanding what is going on. Best, Alison