YANMD, but do I have IBS?
January 1, 2013 4:06 PM Subscribe
YANMD, but do I have IBS? How do I cope?
posted by uncannyslacks to health & fitness (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am wondering if my symptoms are simply IBS or perhaps something else. Essentially, I go through periods of being able to eat normal amounts of food at meals and then periods of not being able to eat very much without getting nauseous. During these times, I will often just switch to crackers, cereal, and other mild foods.
I spoke to the doctor about these things and got a blood test. The doctor basically told me that I probably have IBS.
I've started taking probiotics, and I've stopped drinking coffee. Both of those things seemed to do me good in the short term, although I'm not sure how much they help now. I still drink alcohol, but even that in small amounts now seems to bother me. I used to be able to drink lots of coffee, alcohol, and eat regularly in college. I took a relatively stressful job 1000 miles away from home 2.5 years ago, and these symptoms started appearing around that time, although overtime they have become more pronounced.
My cousin has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), my other cousin had Chron's which made it difficult for him to eat at times, my mom can't eat when she is stressed, and several of my family members have celiac disease (can't eat gluten). Needless to say, digestive issues run in my family.
Basically, all signs seem to indicate IBS, but I'm not sure how to cope. Do I have IBS? Were you diagnosed with IBS? How were you diagnosed? How have you learned to cope?