SAM'S IBS'S PERSONAL STORY

December 5, 2017 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 24 years old and I have been suffering with IBS for almost 10 years - and I wish I didn't have this "invisible" syndrome. The main issue I have with IBS is the debilitating pain that I face on a day to day basis.

Long story made short ... I've tried every probiotic, vitamin and supplement probably known to man, I have gone to the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota Gastroenterology department multiple times, seen too many different doctors to count, tried all holistic approaches, tried almost every medication out there, and I still am struggling on a day to day basis with the IBS pain. According to some of the doctors I have seen, the only two thing i haven't tried is taking Amitriptyline (antidepressant)

I used to be in the hospital 5-8 times a month because no medication helped my IBS pain and the pain would get so bad that the hospital would be my only option. Eventually after a year of this going on, my primary doctor prescribed me Tramadol and what a god send that was. I was able to have a life, keep my job, go to events with family or friends, and never went to the hospital for my pain. Now my doctor wants to discontinue my use of Tramadol so I am back to square one. For 10 years I have tried everything I could and I have no idea what I am going to do, and it scares me.

I came across this website hoping for some help. It's nice to know that I'm not alone with my struggles. It would be nice to hear advice or if anyone has tried Amitriptyline for their IBS. Thank you.

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