I'm a 31 year old man and have suffered with IBS-d most of my adult life. When I was 17 I left home and moved into my partners house with her parents. To say my diet changed a little when I moved in with her is an understatement. My mothers favourite toy was a deep fat fryer and gave us processed quick foods most of the time. My partners mother made sure we had either salad or vegetables with every meal. Within 6 months of living on this much better for me diet my IBS started. Funny that good food upset me but I guess the big change triggered it.
Now nearly 14 years on I am at my wits end. For the last 4-6 weeks I have been having the normal 'morning rush' to the toilet but it's the management of this that I have lost control of. I used to have a bad bout and be able to reset my stomach using something like Imodium but that's not happening any more. Sometimes I could go and the first part of my movement was normal but then turns into the normal 5 on the scale, even 'porridge like' as the doc put it . I've noticed I've lost a little weight, not enough to get concerned about. The first time IBS hit me lost at least 2 stone!
As I type this I am laying in bed feeling really sorry for myself, again! I feel tired a lot, my stomach gurgles and makes noises all day long and the dark rings under my eyes are horrible. I look a mess in my opinion. That's not too much of a change to normality but it's getting tiresome. It's embarrassing as explaining symptoms to my partner is horrible, we have a little girl and she is my world but it's tough playing dad when feeling crap!
The docs have done the normal blood tests to check on everything and he did notice that my thyroid is slightly low. After reading other sites this can have a link to IBS but as its a lifetime medication thing the doc hasn't put me on anything yet. Anyone else had the same?
I know I am going to have to start to try a diary or a special diet to see if I can sort myself out. Anyone have any suggestions as where to start?