My IBS is mainly bad constipation but sometimes alternates with softer stool too (never actual diarrhoea, just more frequent and loose with sense of urgency and more pain). I get very bloated and have a lot of trapped wind and burping. Eating (anything) makes my symptoms worse, as does being tired or feeling stressed. I haven't eaten wheat in 12 years. I eat quite a healthy diet. I don't do enough exercise but that is mainly because I have pain and feel nauseous all the time. I have no energy and feel very down.
I've tried antispasmodics, laxatives, stool softeners, anti-nausea meds, probiotics, cutting out dairy/coffee, increasing exercise, relaxation (yoga etc), I see a therapist and have just started having acupuncture/chinese herbal medicine (at a very well respected TCM clinic).
Nothing seems to make much difference and I am feeling quite depressed. The IBS triggers all my anxieties and feeling nauseous all the time is particularly stressful for me as I have a serious phobia of being sick. I don't know what to do anymore. I saw a gastro consultant when I was first diagnosed 12 years ago, and since then have had numerous visits to my GP, just leaving with laxatives or drugs that don't do much. I have found an IBS specialist and have been waiting for an appointment for a month now.
I know that others have some more acute symptoms than me, and I'm lucky to be able to go to work, have a relationship etc, but now is a really bad time and I'm just looking for a bit of support from someone who understands how much this can ruin your life. I am going through a divorce so my IBS is worse than ever.I feel as though I can't enjoy anything because I am either suffering from symptoms, or worrying about it. Is there anyone out there?