This is a little bit of a cry for help…………
for about the last 4 years I have suffered GREATLY with
(sounds like a guilty confession!!! )
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
and quite honestly am just about at the end of my, quite considerable tether. It still is a little known or talked about illness, which at best can be embarrassing, (wind … oh god the wind!!!) at worst debilitating, (and unfortunately mine is on the way to this) Causes are largely unknown but onset has been linked to emotional trauma such as bereavement, or stress, and it appears to run in families but there still seems to be little help from GPs and basically the individual is left through trial and error to find out what triggers, or helps, with the illness. Anti-spasmodic Drugs like Buscopan, can help some(I was taking about 8 a day, with a little relief), some antidepressants help, Let’s face it, you’d be depressed if you spent most of the morning on the loo! but mostly it’s short term and the effects wear off!
And the real problem is ….
THERE IS NO ONE CURE THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY OR FOREVER!
My new PC
People who neither suffer from it, nor know someone who does, don’t quite grasp what it’s all about ("So you have the sh*ts … take some immodium!!"….) Sleepless nights caused by abdominal pain, followed by a race to the loo, in the morning (several times) constant tiredness, depression, not knowing what to eat or what will set it off, bloating and of course let us not forget the farts!! (and/or burps!)
(how could anybody!!)
Finding food triggers ..(OH JOY!!)
And the only way to do this is trial and error, cut out, one by one, what you think causes the worst of the symptoms
So far I’ve cut out … green veg, sweeteners, fizzy drinks with or without alcohol, coffee, white bread and now dairy products, all seem to help for a while!
if anybody has any advice or information, to offer please leave your suggestions, humorous (I could do with a laugh!) or otherwise, below!
(or email me)
For more information, including symptoms, treatments, etc. on IBS, both IBS and IBSD (with diarrhoea)
click on the IBS (D) link above!
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A few facts ……
Up to one in five Americans has IBS. IBS often begins before the age of 35, but it can start at any age. IBS seems to run in families–people with IBS often report having a family member with IBS. Most people diagnosed with IBS (up to 75 percent) are women. But, it is not known for sure that IBS affects more women than men. It may be that women are more likely to talk to their doctors about their symptoms.
IBS is not a disease and it does not cause cancer. IBS is a "functional" disorder, which means that the bowel doesn’t work as it should. The cause of IBS is not known, and there is no cure for IBS.