Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Story/Having IBS - Survival Guide

About IBS
IBS is a common functional disorder of the gut. A functional disorder means there is a problem with the function of a part of the body, but there is no abnormality in the structure. So. in IBS, the function of the gut is upset, but all parts of the gut look normal, even when looked under a microscope, IBS causes various symptoms. Up to 1 in 5 people in the UK develop IBS at some stage in their life. IBS can affect anyone at any age, but it commonly first develops in young adults, IBS is  slightly more common in women than it is in men.

My Story
A few years ago a started having unbelievably strong cramps, it was either waking up vomiting or waking up and spending the whole night exhausted in the bathroom. I was literally lying on the floor curled up in a ball crying, because of the pain. I didn't know what to do with myself.

I went to the doctor, time and time again they said 'oh it's nothing just a bit of a bug' but I knew something was not right. It kept happening the pain getting stronger. Sleepless nights left me exhausted and had to have time off school, which made me fall behind a bit.

It got to the point where I knew it was going to happen; I would get bloated, cough up sick, burp, etc.
It was just the matter of when not if.

I can't explain the pain the cramps give you. It's excruciating.

I kept going back to the doctor then finally they made up their mind and diagnosed me with IBS.

Ever since then it's been easier to control, because of the tablets and because you know your symptoms.

Because I get anxious it does affect my IBS and it has been proven that the more your stressed the more likely you will bring it on.

- Pain and discomfort may occur in different parts of the stomach. Pain usually comes and goes. The length of each bout of pain can vary greatly. The pain often eases when you pass stools (Poo) or wind. Many people with IBS describe the pain as a spasm or colic. The severity of the pain can vary from mild to severe, both from person to person and from time to time in the same person.
- Bloating and swelling of your abdomen may develop from time to time. You pass more wind than usual.
- Changes in stools some people can vary with what changes, they can either be constipated or have very bad diarrhea.
- Other symptoms which sometimes occur - include
- Feeling sick
- Headache
- Belching
- Poop appetite
- Tiredness
- Backache
- Muscle pains
- Feeling full quickly after eating
- Heartburn
- Bladder Symptoms
Some people have occasional mild symptoms. Others have unpleasant symptoms for long periods of time. Many people fall somewhere in between, with flare-ups of symptoms from time to time. Doctors group people with IBS into one of three categories:
- Those with abdominal pain or discomfort, and the other symptoms are mainly bloating and constipation.
- Those with abdominal pain or discomfort, and other symptoms are mainly urgency to get to the toilet, and diarrhoea.
- Those who alternate between constipation and diarrhoea.

Survival Guide

1. Always carry your tablets with you. You never know when it's going to flare up and happen. I like to use 'Buscopan IBS Relief' 

2. Manage your diet. If you're like me and love eating out and not very healthy food then maybe that's where you are going wrong. By cutting out the food which makes you flare up can help you a lot. For me, it's fatty foods. 

3. Be basic wth food, now this doesn't mean you have to go on a diet and you can never have a Nando's again! You just need to cut down!

4. Don't be embarrassed 1 in 5 people in the UK develop IBS at some stage in their life. Honestly, it's quite common to have IBS, If you need a toilet break try to go when there is no one in and people will understand if you tell them. If you don't tell them you don't have to! Just say you were applying your makeup etc..

I really hope this helped a lot of people who are struggling with this, I wish someone would of told me these things when I first got it!

As Always,

Izzie x

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