IBS: a constant battle

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is, unfortunately, a condition that is relevant for a lot of us. It is incurable, and while some people find success in treating IBS with a high-quality probiotic, some of us aren’t as fortunate, depending on the severity of the IBS itself.

I was first diagnosed with IBS roughly eight or so years ago. After recovering from my eating disorder, I started to develop a lot of digestive issues and spoke to my doctor about it. He, at the time, concluded that I had IBS and prescribed me a probiotic to treat it.

I didn’t have much luck with the probiotic route, and after several years of discomfort and issues with my stomach, I saw a specialist. This specialist had me undergo a variety of different tests to determine what exactly was causing all of my problems, yet after an endoscopy, a colonoscopy, an MRI, a CT scan, and several stool samples, he wasn’t able to provide me with a concrete diagnosis. He was suspicious of Chron’s, though eventually ruled the possibility out because he wasn’t able to positively designate its presence in my bowels. He ended up telling me I have a severe case of IBS, leaving me a bit discouraged and frustrated as I still didn’t have a solid plan to go about addressing my problems.

IBS is different for anyone who has it, but for me, it’s a huge pain in the ass, literally and figuratively. I experience serious pain a couple of times a week, and I probably spend a third of my day on the toilet (sorry if that imagery is too strong). IBS can be an extremely inconvenient and debilitating condition to go about daily life with, and I believe it is important to advocate for those of us who have it.

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