Have you ever had serious abdominal pain brought on by stress or food? Have you ever been afraid to leave your house, for fear of not being able to find a bathroom? Have you ever been scared to eat out in public for fear of something embarrassing happening with your bowels? If you can relate to one or all of these symptoms, you may be struggling from IBS.
IBS, known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, seems to have become a more common topic among people and affects 5-10% of the population (although, I could argue more) and affects twice as many woman as men.
My brother and I have joked for years about the Biasini bowels (Biasini is my maiden name for those of you that don’t know). We have told all the humorous "poop stories" and I feel like I am a twelve year old that laughs uncontrollably every time it comes up. We have always been very open about this topic and have always found great humor in our bowel struggles.
The urgency to need to go to the bathroom and the fear of not making it in time is soo real. Humorous to talk about after the fact, but TERRIFYING in the moment.
I have kind of self-diagnosed myself with IBS after years of struggles when under stress or after eating certain foods. I have tried to change my diet some and had to change my running and dog walking times (because God forbid I try and run in the morning) but for the most part, I have been able to get by without having to get on any kind of medication. My brother, on the other hand, has been recently diagnosed after years of severe abdominal pain and discomfort. He has now been put on medications and has modified his diet and was kind enough (and brave enough) to open up about his struggles with some questions that I sent him. I will just let him take it from here.....Read more