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I have suffered IBS for as long as I can remember (I'm 31 now), the main symptoms being severe wind and diorreaha. As other people have stated, I also suffer the left side pain (particularly after exercise). If under immediate stress or upset, I find an instant urge to go to the toilet, this in itself leading to anxiety and panic attacks, this making the urge worse, etc etc etc... I have also noted tiredness, mood swings and depression, and been recently diagnosed with depression by my GP. Until reading the dialogue here today I did not realise that the tiredness and depression could in fact be linked to the IBS. Hopefully this will help when I next visit my GP as this gives greater impetus to getting him to refer me for blood tests etc in relation to the IBS.
All in all, I have to state, the condition is depressive and life consuming, taking over not only my life but that of my family too (who are now rather de-sensitised to the problems because they hear about them everyday!). It's useful to get this off my chest in an understanding forum. :roll:
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