ELIZA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 All Functional GI & Motility Disorders

I don't know what I have because all tests have come back "normal." I wake up with a flat stomach and the first time I eat or drink anything it distends severely. I look suxonths pregnant.
I had an endoscopy scheduled last august, but a week before it I found out I was pregnant. They obviously wouldn't do the procedure. Miraculously, the bloating and pain went AWAY. I had nothing during the

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I'm 24 years old and I've been suffering with IBS since I was 12. This illness has ruined my life. I had to drop out of high school because of this. I had plans to be an on-campus student and that didn't happen either. This is my first year in college due to my IBS symptoms and I will be attending it online. Alone and away from any and all social interactions.
I don't even know what I want

MARSHA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am now 61 and have suffered with chronic constipation for over 20 years. I've managed over the years but as of 10 years ago, I've used psyillium, miralax, and milk of magnesia as a laxative. Over the past year I've noticed that my bowel habits have changed. I complained to my Gastro doc, but he always blamed it on the wrong foods I ate since I had previous trouble with GERD. When I came into off

STEPHANIE'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

Stephanie's 3rd Annual Awareness Walk for Gastroparesis and Digestive Health was a success! Read more about it in Stephanie's blog. You can also still donate to the event and support gastroparesis research here.

LINDSAY'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Fecal Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I have suffered with fecal urgency and incontinence since the birth of my daughter in May 2012. I'm 33 years old. I feel like I am carrying a huge weight around with me, everyday is so mentally exhausting. Everything has to be controlled and revolve around me possibly needing to use the bathroom. Some days I have 2-3 minutes to get there other days it's seconds. I suffer from anxiety and take medi

ALLISON'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Upper GI Disorders

I never thought I would consider going onto google and typing in: "stories about constipation", reading about these stories, and then feeling inclined to post my own. And yet, here I am. This topic is taboo for our culture, and after reading some of the other stories, this needs to stop. This is a symptom/disease or however you would like to refer to it that needs to be addressed, discussed, teste

SUSAN'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Hello, My name is Susan and I am 52. About 3 1/2 years ago I started getting Really Bad Abdominal Pain. I also have IBS C but I never thought the Pain was due to that ailment and neither do Any of the Many Doctors I have gone to see. I had my Gallbladder out right away and that did Nothing for the pain. The Pain is actually on the right side mid abdomin. I also have Kidney Stones in both Kidneys a

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Fecal Incontinence

At age 50 I had to say good-bye to a very diseased colon, but was encouraged when I learned about j-pouch surgery to create an ileoanal reservoir. This meant a life free of wearing and ileostomy bag -- which did have to wear for a year and did not get along with at all -- and I was excited. However, before I turned 51 I was found unable to continue working due to fecal incontinence, as it is prett

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I felt I needed to write something as for years I have had mild IBS, I learnt from the age of 16 (now 28) exactly what triggered it, did all the tai chi, yoga, aromatherapy courses incase stress was an issue and had always managed it very well and it never affected my quality of life. Until now, I have recently been diagnosed with severe IBS triggered by an unknown virus, I may also have endemetri

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Fecal Incontinence

At age 50 I had to say good-bye to a very diseased colon, but was encouraged when I learned about j-pouch surgery to create an ileoanal reservoir. This meant a life free of wearing and ileostomy bag -- which did have to wear for a year and did not get along with at all -- and I was excited. However, before I turned 51 I was found unable to continue working due to fecal incontinence, as it is prett

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I felt I needed to write something as for years I have had mild IBS, I learnt from the age of 16 (now 28) exactly what triggered it, did all the tai chi, yoga, aromatherapy courses incase stress was an issue and had always managed it very well and it never affected my quality of life. Until now, I have recently been diagnosed with severe IBS triggered by an unknown virus, I may also have endemetri

JULIE'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 All Functional GI & Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis

Never thought I would see the day that I would be writing on Google about my dis-motility disorders. Well here goes, I have sooo many dis-orders, that the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic have both told me there is nothing they can do for me, at the age of 50, am now 55.I now am on TPN, probably for the rest of my life, because when I eat, it stays in my stomach and intestines and ROT'S and I then

PARKER'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 All Functional GI & Motility Disorders, Dumping Syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Gastroparesis, Fecal Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I had just finished the electronics technician school for submarines in Groton,CT when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Not wanting to lose another submariner, especially a freshly trained one the doctor convinced me to stay in the Navy. I was in prime shape, running 10 miles a day and the doc told me if I keep working out, I had nothing to worry about and no further treatment was needed. Unfortunat

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 All Functional GI & Motility Disorders

In my early 40s I had episodes of stunning "gas pains" in my lower left gut which I later realized were episodes of diverticulitis. I also began to develop a tendency toward constipation, but never due to hard, dry stools. I also had a very serious lactose intolerance since childhood. The smallest amount of milk or yogurt in some sauce or other would leave me doubled over in pain.
Throughou

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 29 years old and have been suffering IBS-D (sometimes C) since I was possibly 15 years old. I was officially diagnosed by my GI about 3 and a half years ago. Its good to know what it is, but sadly so devastating there is not alot that can be done. I useto have specific symptoms that would indicate a flare up, but as time goes on I find symptoms changing yearly. Right now I suffer from sharp p

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I'm a 29 almost 30 yr old female. I've been suffering from IBS-C since my mid teens, and it has become progressively worse since then. My symptoms aren't consistant. I go through phases where my pain and other symptoms it's unbearable, to times where it's tolerable.
The worst symptom of all is the terrible abdominal bloating/cramping. (I look like 6mos+ pregnant) I can't wear any clothing t

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

I was always able to eat anything I wanted without gaining any weight. I was and still am very athletic and in shape. I am only 16 years old and got diagnosed with gastroparesis April of 2014. My symptoms began in January, and I was tested for many different types of bacterial infections but every result was normal. My everyday symptoms were dizziness, nausea, headache, abdominal pain, weight loss

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I believe I have IBS. I have weird sounding gas followed by a bowel movement. I do this whether I eat or not. It's worse if I eat. I will go about 10 times without food. I'll have to go about 15 times if I eat. I generally go about 20 to 25 times a day. I can't even sit down without having to go. I know I have bad stomach problems. No one should have to move their bowels this much. It seems like I

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Fecal Incontinence

Several years ago I began having episodes of fecal incontinence at night while asleep. Sometimes every few months or multiple times a week. I chalked it up to the frequent diarrhea I had been having since my gastric bypass in 2002. Then I began having minor spotting accidents during the day. I began taking extra clothes to work just in case and lived in fear of a "big one at work" I couldn't hide.

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Fecal Incontinence

Okay truly I don't know what I have aside from chronic constipation but there is a question mark in my medical notes for Hirschsprung's which is what i believe i may have.
I am writing because i am a bit down about my condition at the moment.
My childhood was affected by it... i grew up believing there was something wrong with me, not like i had a medical condition, but that i was ju