Three months ago I had a bad car accident. I shattered my left elbow, my left knee and foot and my right femur. I have just left full time hospital and now attend as a 'day patient' two afternoons a week for physiotherapy.
Since the accident I have suffered from recurrent bouts of constipation and diarrhoea, and I feel nauseous all the time and have no appetite.
I live in France and the healthcare system has been brilliant with regard to my broken bones, but not so good with regard to the digestive problems. The suggestion with regard to the nausea is that it is stress-related (which could well be true as I do worry about everything all the time), but I have been given a drug called Veratran, which is a type of benzodiazopine and is only recommended for use for 8 - 12 weeks. I have been on it for 8 weeks and the dose has just been increased. I am very worried about its addictive properties and the rebound anxiety problems I may have when eventually coming off it.
I have also been prescribed Domperidone (which helps food move faster through the gut), which I feel may not help with the bouts of diarrhoea, and Omeprazole, two of the side effects of which are nausea and vomiting and diarrhoea!
I am trying to eat more fibre in the form of prunes and fruit and veg, and to drink a glass of orange juice each day, along with lots of water.
My doctor has now decided that I should have a colonoscopy, but I am not sure this is the course to follow, as I feel I could well have developed IBS.
Has anyone else developed IBS after an accident or other traumatic event?
Has anyone got any ideas what I can do to help myself?
Thank you so much for reading this.