ANONYMOUS’S PERSONAL STORY

I’ve had symptoms of IBS for over the last two years or so… just before I graduated. I didn’t think much of it at first and thought the symptoms would pass. As a student my diet wasn’t great but it wasn’t that bad either. Soon afterwards the stomach pains became a part of my everyday routine, followed by constipation – I would drink litres of juice or lemon water, eat bags of prunes and apricots after taking medicated pills desperately waiting for relief. Two years down the line I can now add flatulence to that list. IBS is really upsetting and for me it is also stress related. These days my stress also includes worrying about using the toilets at work. I feel tired all the time, unable to concentrate or focus for long, horrible all day long and restless at night. I’m twenty two years old and I feel that I can’t honestly speak to anyone about this as they don’t understand what I’m going through. I’m glad to know that there are others out there who have found ways of coping with IBS. I feel at the moment that it is consuming me but am hopeful that one day I will have it under my control.

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