hi there, ive posted on here a fair bit and always find it helps me when im in a bad spell. im 18, and as a result of IBS-c and severe anxiety, i cant study or work. last year i had the biggest flare-up and ended up in hospital on several occasions. After about 5 or so months of this, i gathered that anxiety was the root to my problems. usually i find that meditation and the like make my symptoms almost non-existent (along with anti-depressants) but around mid-week last week i came down with another flare-up after a tough conversation with my dad. its not as bad as last time, as i now know how to handle it, but its hard to feel in control in these situations! for me, the actual constipation isnt a problem, its the nausea, headaches, weakness, instability/shakiness and anxiety attacks that come with it. as it stands, ive been up since 4am feeling like im going to vomit (actually did end up being sick a few days ago so it could happen!) and generally feeling sorry for myself. i dont feel that this is a mental thing, though, today feels more like its a direct result of the constipation, if that makes sense?
anyway i dont know where i was going with this, i think i just needed to get it out. ibs can feel so lonely and its hard to believe its a real thing, surely nothing this awful could be ignored by doctors to the extent that it is? i struggle to feel like theres any way out of it, even temporarily, as im sure a lot of you do too !