From the article: How to Deal With an IBS Attack
IBS attacks can be hard to deal with. Whatever your symptoms are -- painful abdominal cramps, frustrating constipation or urgent diarrhea -- episodes of severe symptoms can be debilitating. Besides taking medicine, what do you do to help yourself get through a bad attack? Do you tell others when you are hurting or do you try to keep it to yourself? Share your tips and learn some new ones by reading about what others do to deal with the disruptive nature of IBS attacks. Share Your Tips!
- Im 14 and i usually get 10 attacks a week the pain is unbelievable i try to numb it by jumping in a scorching hot shower and it hardly helps it kills my social life and sometimes i pray to know what it fells like to be normal. I cant have milk spices fast food. Popsicles help sometimes im scared to stay over at my friends because the possibility of a ibs attack at night... Which are the worst and there are no distractions to ease my pain other than netflix or maybe a game and that hardly helps. I can hardly live when an attack comes buy and even a normal bowel movements hurts sometimes.
- —Guest Charles
- I have always had ibs but wasnt diagnosed until 6 years ago..Im glad to know what it is but upset because really nothing seems to help when in the middle of an attack.. at this moment, trying to push through an attack that seems Never Ending..3 days ....non stop pain... God how I wish there were a permanent cure..
- —Guest dennes
Can anyone help me out?
- I am a 15 year old girl with IBS. I've been diagnosed by a doctor and been prescribed medication. The meds don't seem to be working for me and I'm scared to go to school because I get stressed very easily and anxious about everything it seems. No in particular food makes me sick that I know of. if I think about getting sick again I get very upset and I end up sick again. It's a vicious cycle I can't escape. The sickness and pain leaves my in the washroom for at least a half an hour most times. Today I felt an attack coming on so I kept on breathing very deeply and for the first time it helped. I was still a little bit sick but there was next to no pain. I'm hoping that I can look towards a happy future where I'm not constantly worried about if I'm close enough to the bathroom. It's upsetting how many times I had to bail on friends and sports because of IBS, if anyone can help me out that would be amazing. Thanks
- —Guest Elaine J
Just think about tomorrow
- Having ibs is terrible, accompanied by diverticulitus is hell. Every day i wake up i spend at least 45 mins in the bathroom. Whether i eat right or cheat the night before doesn't matter. I get debilitating abdominal pain my skin turns red I get goosebumps and I sweat sometimes I feel like I'm just going to die. And no one understands the kind of pain I am in on a daily basis. I hate this I hate this I hate this. The only thing that seems to help is ibuprofen.
- —Guest Arlafm
I'm so scared to go to school
- I'm glad I found this website. I'm a 15 year old girl who constantly is sick. I was excited to go to a friends and i basically made myself sick and missed a whole class and then got in trouble for it. No one I've talked to has understood how horrible IBS feels. My doctor told me that's what I have. I get nevrvous and anxious over everything and I can't stop it. When I feel myself get worked up I try to breath deeply and do anything to calm myself but it never works. Also if I tell myself a certain food will make me sick (even if it's just all in my head) I get sick. I'm scared because I've missed too much school and I don't know what to do. My mother eventually said she wasn't going to pick me up anymore to take me home. The pain is horrible and it's embarrassing when someone comes into the bathroom when I'm in there. Any suggestions? I really could use some advice.
- —Guest Nicole
- I've lived with ibs for going on about four years now, I'm 30 and very active. Once I figured out that it was ibs that I had I thought my life was over I am going to deal with this condition for the rest of my life. Unfortunately the answer is yes however, I have found a few things that have greatly lowered the ibs attacks. I've always ate a lot of bread, cheese and basically anything with wheat. After my wife did a little research on it and came up with an idea I told her no way I don't think so. So I figured it was worth a shot I gave up wheat. Gluten is a protein in wheat that is naturally a gut irritant. I swear by it, I have not had a problem since giving up wheat the toughest part about it is everything that is good in the supermarket has wheat in it, you must check ingredients they put wheat in everything. I challenge you to try it for one month and it will blow your mind. I've also realized I can no longer eat dairy, without repercussions. High stress aggravates my gut as well.
- —Guest Mike
- Worried that i might have it ... I have had on and off pain in my anus for the past 2 weeks..feels like i'm constipated and ive tried eating healthy but still no sign of improvement....should i see a doctor?
- —Guest fred
- I know how you all feel. Im 28 and have had ibs since I was 15. The pain is the worst. Hurts worst than my labor for all 3 kids. Certain oils trigger my episodes, but really anything could. I usually have them early mornings like 4:00am and they last from 2hrs until whenever. I hate this. I wish someone could figure something out.
- —Guest Guest
- im 15 years old, and cannot deal with this pain anymore. every day is a constant struggle and worry about how the next day of school is going to be. I stress over my attacks because they happen so constantly so I never know what to do. Additionally, even when im not worried about it or forget about it, my stomach will hurt out of nowhere and I will have an attack on the school bus in the morning or during my school day. im so embarrassed and can't live my life to it's fullest extent, the way I always wanted my life to be.. because of my IBS problem.
- —Guest christina
- on christmas i started having the most painful feeling in my stomach and rushing to the toilet. From then on the pain got worse to the point i got scared to eat. I refused to eat for ages and just drank water i ate soup and liquid foods because eating hard food really turned my stomach. I would have to go bed early as i would be in terrible pain that i cant even explained to someone who has not been through this. All you can say is it felt like someone was pouring acid into your stomach and ripping your stomach in two. I now get so embarrassed when i have to run to the toilet and I'm on the toilet for ages the pain is awful. When i went to the doctors because i didn't eat they wanted to put me on a drip as they were scared, they said i was the thinnest person they had seen for a long time. i don't know what triggers it for me but it seems to happen more when I'm stressed.
- —Guest kb
ibs hell 2014
- Having one of those days, seems like its everyday. As I try to type this the nausea, severe pain and a bowel that never seems to empty. I sit here alone and wonder if anyone I know will ever know how truly horrible this condition really is. Every bathroom visit is uncomfortable at the very least often accompanied by nausea... and thats an example a good day... today is not a good day, pain and nausea to the point you want to scream and collapse but you don't have the strength so you struggle through it and hope to God that an end comes soon at least a break for a half an hour, a tiny shimmer of light or hope.. Is this how I'm going to spend every day for the rest of my life misunderstood and in pain?
- —Guest Will
Always In Pain
- Hi, im 21 years old, ive had ibs for about 2 years now, and lets just say ive spend almost a year and half of that time on the toilet constantly having the runs, I always have a lot of gas, always bloated and have the worst cramps, I got so bad that I dropped down to 37kgs because all I was doing was diarrhea. ive tried so many different medications and I find that taking gastro-stop plus help to stop the pain, gas and diarrhea, and also peppermint tea helps calm my stomach down a bit too. hope this helps someone else :(
- —Guest Steph
- I'm 15 years old and have IBS my symptoms are brought on every time I stress or panic. Because of my personality this happens a lot I tend to suffer from it at least 4 times a week. Im coming up to my junior cert and don't know what to do!! My school is strict on how many times you go to the toilet during an exam but if I even panic one little bit I literally have to make a run to the nearest toilet. I don't what I'm going to do and thinking about makes me stress more. I tried talking to my mam about it but she really doesn't understand how embarrassed I get when it happens . I have tried numerous tablets and nothing has worked. During class tests if the symptoms come on I have to put down my pen and focus on something else but I cant do that in my junior cert or I won't have enough time. If anyone has any advise no matter how small I will be very grateful. -Thanks
- —Guest Aoife
Help for you .
- I am 16 years old. I have suffered from ibs since a baby. I have constipation, terrible gas that is soooo painful and than I will have diarrhea. I also cannot burp. One thing I have found to work during an attack is to hold my breath for as long as I can till I need to breath and relax my body completely and breath slow. If you suffer like I do please try this. Also, a heating pad on your belly helps. Keep warm during an attack it helps. Also, Massage your belly in a circular motion . I hope this helps. I know the pain. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. lol.
- —Guest Lbreann
omg, I thought it was finally over!
- So, I feel like I've always had IBS, and as I grew older, the symptoms became more severe.When I was about 7-9 years old, at nightime sometimes, I would have this awful acidic like nausea, so I would lay in my bed, in agonizing pain, then I would have one or two bouts of diarreah, then as I began to recover from the bout, I would have to pee about six or seven times.So..that continued until three years ago in january.I was out of school, and I was on my period.I started to feel really crampy so I began to take a hot bath.After five minutes of being in the hot bathtub, I got really nauseaus and started to freak out.I then make a really loose bowel movement, then go through that whole awkward song and dance..it continues..without a break for a year.I finally find some relief in mild exercise and eating less, because I joined ballet.I quit ballet eight months later due to financial issues.Its been on and off complete hell from there.I'm sixteen now..please someone find a cure for this..
- —Guest emilyboo
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