Managing IBS & Regaining Control In Your Life

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 41 years old and I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome when I was 27 years old. The diagnosis was accompanied by significant abdominal pain. At first, I was completely despondent and unable to leave the house even when I wasn’t feeling terrible. Over the course of a year, I lost a significant amount of weight and muscle mass. My diet was erratic and my appetite didn’t help. When I finally got tired of being sick and tired I found it difficult to participate in any prolonged physical activity. Most simple activities were uncomfortable at best and at their worst were simply too much to be undertaken.


One thing I found that really helped me out was gardening. I could start as slow as I wanted and there was never any rush. If I didn’t feel well I was close to home and I could sit and enjoy the garden even at times that I wasn’t able to physically interact with space around me. Growing vegetables and flowers showed me that I was still capable of producing things even if my pace wasn’t as fast as it had been before I was diagnosed.

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How physical activity helps

From that physical activity, I was able to gain more self-confidence and more stamina. From there I was able to participate in more activities and became more comfortable with spending extended time periods away from home. In many ways having a garden was the most positively transformative experience in my healing. I would not have guessed that gardening could be a true therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but the evidence was in front of me. Since I was producing vegetables, but my system still had difficulty digesting them, I bought a juicer and started making all kinds of concoctions from my daily harvests.

Diet matters

Kale leaves, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and usually a lemon and an apple to make things sweet, I would make juices that finally let me feel alive again and did not irritate my system. To be able to have these nutritious juices from the vegetables that I had grown myself made me feel prouder than anything else I had accomplished so far. To this day I drink fresh juice 3-4 times daily and still always feel so much more alive when I drink the juice from leafy green vegetables. It also seems to calm my intestines and settle any rumbling that may be happening. I’m awfully glad I was able to find these avenues of dealing with my illness.

It’s a journey

Without some positive outcomes, it would have been such an immense emotional burden that I think I would have been disabled. Far from being disabled though, I was able to land a well paying and flexible job that I’ve held on to for the last 12 years. I have succeeded in many areas that I thought would be closed off to me and recently ended up taking up archery and spending extended periods outdoors. I thought those kinds of activities were closed to me after my diagnosis but it turns out that with practice and the right attitude, Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn’t have to sequester you in your home or keep you from doing the things you want to do. Sure, there may be times it gets in the way of you fully enjoying yourself but just because it gets in the way one afternoon doesn’t mean that you have to let it get in the way of your activities every afternoon.

Exercise is key

Get some exercise. Get some new thoughts in your head. Practice going outside and practice enjoying things and thinking of something besides your illness. Acting healthy is one of the biggest pieces of being healthy and if you can get yourself to do more healthy things every day that you are going to be more healthy every day. That’s just the way things work and you have to just go do what you can when you can. You won’t always be able to, but don’t let that get you down. There’s always tomorrow and you just have to keep getting up and trying again. You will succeed and just as with all things all you really need to do is practice and let yourself succeed at the goals you set for yourself.

Dr. Mark Reed

Physician at Arizona hospital
Dr. Mark Reed had always loved friends Arizona with its pretty, precious people. It was a place where he felt proud to be a member of the community. He was a compassionate, healthy, athlete with thin arms and long legs in high school. His friends saw him as an enthusiastic, delightful student. Once, he had even helped a sneezing old woman cross the road near the market. That's the sort of man he is. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mark walked over to the window and reflected on people and his surroundings. The sun shone on his career and he embraced his new life of helping others. After a talk as a guest speaker at Stanford one year, he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure just like a young version of Dr. Mark Reed. This was a caring student with tired arms and a frail hand. Dr. Mark saw it as an opportunity to reach out and become a mentor. He was not prepared to see a version of himself during his speaking appearance at a local college. As Dr. Mark stepped outside and the young med student came closer, he could see the wet glint in his eye. Dr. Mark gazed with the affection of a father. He offered to help him when it came time to do his internship. That is the kind of caring person Dr. Mark has become known as. Dr. Mark always does kind things for patients such as warming the stethoscope. The people Dr. Mark has helped at the Arizona hospital where his work has made him a pillar of the community. Dr. Mark regards his patients' tired limbs with care and always has a way of making them feel comfortable. After graduating from Arizona State University Dr. Mark went on to Harvard before taking a residency at Johns Hopkins University. After several years, he eventually announced he had been accepted at a prestigious Arizona Hospital. Dr. Mark focuses on being ethical, his emotions are always in check, and he is determined to serve his patients to the best of his ability.
Dr. Mark Reed

21 replies on “Managing IBS & Regaining Control In Your Life”

I began having back pain in my 30s. For years, the pain was intermittent, but it interfered with my activities. I was no longer able to run for exercise, and therefore I began to gain weight. I had pain when I lifted my young child. Over the years, the pain became worse and more frequent. I could not carry in my groceries from the car or carry a full laundry basket up my stairs. I took large amounts of over-the-counter pain relievers. I tried various medical treatments, which were not very effective. After many years of suffering, I had major back surgery. The surgery straightened my scoliosis and fused a large section of my spine. Thanks to this intervention, my back pain is now greatly reduced, and I am able to be more active.

I had a stroke in the womb before I was born, so I’ve been in pain all my life. I had to have a shunt inserted into my brain so that the fluid would drain properly. I’ve had migraines every day for as long as I can remember. I have had multiple surgeries and have been on pain medication for over 50 years, but I’m all but disabled from the constant pain. I also have Fibromyalgia and Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is the absolute worse pain I’ve ever known. As I get older, it’s harder to even get pain medications anymore, which is completely horrible.

One bright sunny afternoon I stepped outside and instantly went to the ground in pain. It felt like my ankle had shattered. Turns out I had a hole in my talus, missing cartilage and a bunch of unhealed sprains. Surgery was required and my pain was barely tolerable. I had surgery and the surgeon said I would be good as new in 2 weeks. WELL, that wasn’t true. I got through 2 c-sections with motrin for pain relief. I had to take the oxycodone and it barely touched the pain after surgery. I was laid up in bed for 6 weeks in tremendous pain. Eventually I began PT where my ankle got “stuck” again while rotating and a while trying to get unstuck it popped and the intense pain sent me to my knees. I popped off more cartilage per the MRI. Cortisone shots help with the pain management, but you can’t have more than 2 a year, so every step I take hurts. I manage my day/plans by how many steps I have to take. It was taken me from an active lifestyle to a very sedentary one. Super frustrating. I don’t take pain meds, so I suffer through the pain. On bad days I notice I have very little patience.

I have chronic pain due to complications from pregnancy. It’s been a struggle getting doctors to listen to me. Doctors prescribe less pain medication to women and tend to think we are seeking drugs for the sake of getting high.

Chronic migraines are such a hassle in my life. I get a migraine 3-4 times a week and I cannot function when I have them. I need to sit in a dark room with no sounds and keep my eye closed. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t stressing about getting a migraine, and it is extremely frustrating.

My friend has had irritable bowel syndrome for years now and he is still struggling always having to go to the bathroom and always being concerned about what he eats and if it will affect him and if he will have to struggle when he goes out with friends and family.

I am a 47 year old female. I developed severe intestinal symptoms in my early 20’s. I was eventually diagnosed with IBS and began treatment. Although I still have symptoms from time to time, it is no where near as bad as it was when it first began. Oddly enough, I often find my symptoms are equally divided between diarrhea and constipation. In the beginning it was just diarrhea. I am hoping that with time, it will all go back to normal.

My IBS started in my mid 20s when I just started to get sexaully active. I noticed that during intercourse with my girlfriend I was making frequent trips to the restroom and my stomach would not stop growling and experience freqnet periods of discomfort. I knew after making many bowel movements that I could not control, something was truly wrong

I call a doctor to meet him i am ill my Irritable bowel syndrome is look for Pain and Cramping. Abdominal pain is the most common symptom and a key factor in diagnosis Diarrhea Diarrhea-predominant IBS is one of the three main types of the disorder.Constipation Alternating Constipation and Diarrhea.Changes in Bowel Movements Gas and Bloating Food Intolerance Fatigue and Difficulty Sleeping.Medications such as encyclopedic (Bentley) can help relieve painful bowel spasms. They are sometimes prescribed for people who have bouts of diarrhea.Medications approved for certain people with IBS include:Alosetron (Lotronex) Eluxadoline (Viberzi) Rifaximin (Xifaxan) Lubiprostone (Amitiza) Linaclotide (Linzess)

When I was diagnosed with IBS, I had no idea what that would mean for me as a person. After my doctor explained it to me, I was horrified to find out that it’d be a lifelong struggle.

I have had IBS since I was a teenager. But it has been a joy finding people that also experience this disorder. I have found a myriad of solutions to my problem- the biggest being my change in diet. It’s helped me with my weight too.

I have IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. It is very difficult for me. The doctor says I should use enemas to avoid difficulties, but I am not sure which ones he said. I avoid hot peppers, but sometimes I relapse my hot pepper addiction. I had problems before, but the treatments are making my poop condition worse. Oh well, I suppose I will continue to skip third grade. I do like my gastroenterologist, he helps me with poop.

My wife has had IBS since she was a teenager. It is a struggle for her, but with the help of our doctors, we are able to help her get through! You are not alone in your hurting!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had bowel trouble. When I was around 4 years old, I would eat cereal for breakfast and would have to immediately run to the bathroom to let it pass through. As a child, I didn’t realize that this was not normal. I wasn’t formally diagnosed until i was in my 20s and started having such terrible constipation that I would scream as if i were giving birth. Finally, at that point, a doctor diagnosed me with IBS so that I could learn how to treat it.

When I was first diagnosed with IBS, I didn’t know what to do. I was relieved to finally find out what was wrong with me after searching for so long. Finally having a diagnosis helped me make an action plan. I started eating better and planning my meals. I was finally able to get my life back.

In high school, I noticed one of my friends was clearly in pain: she kept rubbing her stomach and appeared distressed. I asked her if she is okay and she responded by telling me she has irritable bowel syndrome. She began describing what it is and I felt terrible afterward.

It wasn’t until about halfway through my initial enlistment in the US Navy that I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Up until that I time I had been treated for just the symptoms, like cramping or indigestion, but never had they sought out the root cause of my issues. Once I was properly diagnosed I was able to focus on curtailing my diet and cutting out certain foods.

It all started when I was in my mid 20s I was having intercourse with my ex girlfriend when all the sudden I felt a rumbling in my stomach along with a loud release of flatulence. I had quickly rushed to the toilet several times during sex and realized something was not right.

Tummy troubles have been plaguing me since my teens. It never seemed to matter what I ate, I got accustomed to having to go to the bathroom with diarrhea not long afterwards. Once I got to see a few doctors, I was diagnosed with IBS. Now with proper diet and medication, I am happy to be diarrhea-free and able to enjoy myself more than I have in the last 10 years.

My friend suffers from IBS and it has really been a hard aspect of her life. There are events in her life that were ruined because she had to sprint off to a restroom or take off another day from work because she could barely leave the toilet. I feel really bad for her and she has yet to find a diet or medication that has improved her condition.

I noticed that I had to use the bathroom a lot throughout the day. It was an annoyance more than anything else, but my workplace was getting tired of me constantly having to go, at least once every two hours. I never thought to go to the doctor about it because, like I said, it was more annoying than anything else. Eventually I did go, and they told me I had IBS. I have been changing my diet to help deal with the issue, and that has helped a little.

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