Lauren Todd Posted September 5, 2022 Report Share Posted September 5, 2022 Hello all! I apologize for the length of this post in advance but please read as much as you can. I am at a loss. I feel very desperate and hopeless so I will take any advice/ help you can give me. My boyfriend suffers from IBS-D and I want to understand his condition more so I can help him. I have read endless amounts of articles and discussion groups but nothing is helping him. Regarding his symptoms: he struggles with all foods and changes to his diet don’t help much. He experiences cramping in his abdomen and says it is in a “C” shape above, around and below his belly button, predominately on his right side. When he eats he also experiences sharp stabbing pains that he describes as a wire moving around in his stomach. His pains are so severe he usually has to lay down after eating and the it will take his breath away. Within 10-60 minutes of eating a meal he has to use the restroom. He can not process blue dyes but doesn’t seem to have troubles processing other colors. He has not had a solid poop in years and goes to the bathroom anywhere from 4-8 times a day. What we have tried: I have read about the food maps and even if we stick to foods that are supposed to be better for him, it does not make a significant enough difference to continue the modified diet. This also goes for other diets such as dairy free, gluten free, high fiber, raw diets, cutting out certain things such as alcohol, soda, fried foods, etc. some diet changes more than others have helped ever so slightly in reducing the pain but again, not nearly enough to be maintainable in the long scheme of things. Heating pads and ice packs do not relieve any of the cramping or stabbing pains. Applying pressure to the area intensifies the pain. His pain will sometimes be so intense that he is I’m unable to sleep or he will be woken up from the pain. We have been to urgent care/ ER on multiple occasions because the pain has been unbearable. Medication wise we have tried general anti-diarrhea, FDGard, Culterelle, Imodium, dicyclomine and pantoprazole. Dicyclomine seems to work the best but it only slightly dulls the cramping and stabbing pains, it does not relieve or eliminate the symptoms. His quality of life is at an all time low. He spends a lot of time in the bathroom, does not do certain activities or avoids plans if he knows it will be an issue, he frequently gets in trouble at work for taking so many bathroom breaks and is struggling on a daily basis to manage this. He is 23 years old and is missing out on a lot because of the severity of his symptoms. Any advice you can give me, I’m open ears. Please help! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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