Hi everyone, I'm a 32 year old female and have suffered with IBS since I was 17, my symptoms have varied over the years and have gone through a stage with virtually no symptoms at all. I'm a very anxious person and have been for as long as I can remember I suffer badly from emetophobia (fear of being sick) and this seems to be a vicious circle of having slight IBS episode which in turn makes me feel unwell then the anxiety kicks in that I might have a dreaded bug and the anxiety makes my IBS worse! I have seen a counsellor, hypnotherapist , had an endoscopy and referred to the hospital but I'm no further on, this is taking over my life, can anyone relate?
I also work in a school and have picked bugs up and when I do it seems to take forever to get better is this normal with IBS?
Any advice welcome and sorry for the essay!