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Love
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posted 08-26-1999 01:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Love     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it true that IBS gets worse with age?? I am only 18 and can not imagine it getting any worse!! I was diagnosed at nine years old and it has seemed to get a little worse but I am hoping that I won't have to be in diapers again by 20!! Just one more thing to worry about.....

Chelle
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posted 08-26-1999 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am 19 and also have had IBS since I was around 8 or 9 but only recently diagnosed. My family doctor kept telling me "you'll grow out of it"....yah right!!

Anyway, I am dreading the future if it's going to be worse than this...I can't deal with it.

Have you tried caltrate plus?? Immodium AD?? They seem to have helped me a little. I am also on imipramine and effexor (antidepressants that are supposed to help for depression and a bonus side effect of constipation which is a relief from the daily cases of D)

Hope some of this helps....chelle

zigmissus
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posted 08-26-1999 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zigmissus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was an article in Parade magazine about two weeks ago that claimed IBS gets BETTER with age. Don't know if that's true, or if people just see drs. less often because they figure out ways to cope on their own. I've had IBS from age 32 to 45, and there's been months/years when it's not too bad and months/years when it's terrible--it's more a case of up and down than steadily worse.

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posted 08-26-1999 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Love,

I first noticed my problem when about 19, now 40 years later I still have it. I definately do not see it gettig any better. BUT I have learn more about it since coming to this board -where some have found help- So who knows I may find something that makes it better. In fact I ain't leaving here til I do.
Just being able to talk to people who understand (Most Doctors don't) helps alot.

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Stage
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posted 08-26-1999 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stage     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am 45, and just lately (the last year or so) mine has gotten worse. I have also been much more proactive with it, and right now I am doing pretty good.

When I was 18 (not too long ago!) my IBS was very mild. I believe mine has gotten worse.

Like you, Love, I worry about the future also. Only my future is shorter! I am looking at retirement in about 9 years. What I really want to do a lot during my retirement years is perform and direct. I cut way way back while my kids have been growing up, and really want to continue. This IBS thing worries me. I hope it doesn't get so bad that I can't perform. Stress effects IBS, and performing can be very stressful.

Anyway, enough about me. You are young. Hopefully something new and very effective will come along soon. Keep trying new things to see which one(s) work for you. You will find what works for you.

Keep positive.
Keep a sense of humor.
Try to relax.
Stick with this BB. People will help you, and you can vent and cry here any time you want.
I'm very optomistic your future will be bright!

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Cody
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posted 08-26-1999 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cody   Click Here to Email Cody     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am 42 and have had IBS for about 3 years.
Symptoms that were noticable that is.

chrisseese
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posted 08-26-1999 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am 29 and just recently diagnosed with IBS, although I have discovered that my bowel habits have never been what is considered normal and have probably suffered from IBS most of my life. I would have to say that my problems have gotten worse over the last few years, but part of that reason is that I was dealing with Crohn's disease along with IBS. Once I got the Crohn's in remission, the IBS was still worse than it had ever been, but thanks to the Caltrate Plus, I can live away from the bathroom for extended periods of time.

As with everything else with this disease, I think whether or not it will get worse with age will vary from person to person. We just need to take a proactive approach and try to make ourselves comfortable, as I don't think that is really on the agenda of many doctors.

I am still trying to find a doctor who suffers with IBS. The best thing that ever happened for me with my migraines was finding a doctor who suffered from them too. Finally, someone who understood the pain. Now, if only we can find that IBS doctor, then we can all rush to him for comfort, support and possible answers.

Chris

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silver
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posted 08-27-1999 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dont think it gets worse with age, but I do think it's forever changing and sometimes the changes are for the worse. Hopefully it does settle back down after a while. I'm going thru a though time right now and it's worse but it' also different. I dont know if this helps but hang in there and keep positive.

enna2
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posted 08-27-1999 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for enna2   Click Here to Email enna2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that seeing as there is really no such thing as 'IBS' but it is used as an umbrella phrase for all our problems which turn out through numerous tests to be nothing the doctor can put his finger on!

I think this being the case, you can not say that it will or won't get worse as we get older as everyone's IBS is caused by slightly different things, some of us have food allergies, some stress, some have gallbladder problems or numerous other problems or all of the above!! ?!

So what happens to some of us will not happen to all. The same as fibre may help one person but not another, or even caltrate plus!

Ibs covers a multitude of different things, so who knows what will happen in the future.

Don't worry about it, as worrying will make things worse that's for sure. I'm hoping and praying that there will be some kind of magic cure soon, or that my ibs will turn out to be something that gets better not worse. If we start making up our mind it will get worse then where do we end up!?!

Hang in there everyone, we'll crack this thing, we won't let it keep getting worse!

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