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    New to IBS!!
    Anaiis27 posted:
    I am new to this discussion board. I was sitting here thinking I really need a support group. I don't know if I actually have IBS, but I have been tested for several other things. I am too afraid to have a test done for this disorder because all my other ones came back normal. I just started having these problems when I started college. I actually had to move back home because my anxiety and bowel problems got so severe. I became severely depressed and anxious. I don't take any meds because I really like to do the natural route. Meds sometimes add on to the issue with other side effects and I'm scared of that also. I just really want support from people who understand and who have advice for me. I try to eat bland foods, but I think my anxiety adds on to the issue. I'm only 19 and I have so much I want to do in life. I've gone from this outgoing, free-spirited soul, to someone who is terrified to go out. Thank you for reading my first post. I thank you for the support
    smann68 responded:
    Hi Anaiis27!

    Welcome to this group!

    What else have you been tested for and what are your symptoms? If you have symptoms for IBS, you can get a lot of good info online as far as things that will help.

    It depends on how bad your symptoms are but sometimes the good outweighs the bad with meds.

    You are way too young to be "house-bound"! It's such a shame. As far as the anxiety goes, you can see a psychiatrist for that or if you want to just talk to a professional you can see a psychologist.

    I really hope you get some help for your problems so you can live the rest of your life to the fullest!
    Anaiis27 replied to smann68's response:
    Thank you!!

    I have taken tests for Celiac Disease and other stuff I cant remember as of now. I haven't been to the GI specialist yet, but will be going soon. My symptoms are constipation, bloating ,abdominal pain, back problems and sometimes I feel uncomfortable in the butt area. If I hold my bowel movements for too long i start to feel sick. Sorry for the vivid details. I'm just trying to find a way to get my life back on track. Whats meds do you use? And what are some side effects that you've had or heard of? Also what kinds of foods do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

    Thank you so much!! Sorry for all the questions. I appreciate your help during this time in my life!!

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