I'm quite new to this site and wanted to join in the conversations about how IBS affects everyone. I was diagnosed in 2007 but think I've always suffered as I had problems with my stomach and constipation in childhood.
Over the years I've tried every tablet the doctors prescribed. Anti spasmodics do nothing for me and antidepressants make me feel far too spaced out to function! I went for tests back in 2009 and since then I've been having vitamin b12 injections every 12 weeks. I've tried windeze and buscopan but neither were effective. The only thing that did help me to try and manage the pain was syndol but this is no longer available.
I go for acupuncture when I can afford it as this helps with relaxation and soothes some of the pain in my stomach. I've been taking acidophilus and aloe vera tablets but they don't seem to have helped and lately I feel as though I'm living on solpadine and ibuprofen to get me through the day! I've even applied for personal independence payments as my ibs is having such an impact on my life.
I've tried keeping food diaries and found that too much meat and dairy give me a bad stomach. I'm mindful of my diet and rich foods. I have a lot of meat free days and changed to lacto free milk sometime a go which I'm better with. My problem is I could eat something one day and it would have no effect on me and on another occasion I could be rolling around in agony!
Every morning I wake up bloated with trapped wind and I'm either constipated or have diarrhoea. I have to take things slowly and often go to work feeling terrible. Throughout the day I get spasms and often feel sick but suffer in silence as I'm in a temporary job that I can't risk loosing. It also helps as my job is close to home and flexible so I can pop home at lunch and rush back from work should I need the loo. I have to confess I am really struggling to hold down a full time job when I feel so poorly. I also feel for my partner having to put up with someone who's ill all the time. I know he doesn't see it like that and I try as much as I can to keep going. I have found that stress has a huge impact on my ibs and have been poorly for long periods when stressed and anxious.
It's been so good finding this site and ibs network as I don't know anyone else who suffers. People find it hard to understand my ibs so its nice knowing there's others out there who do.
If you have any suggestions or know anything that helps please comment. Thanks for reading x