I have had "IBS" for years and I thought it was just something I had to live with.
Regular D, severe bloating, sluggishness and a general feeling of being unwell.
It was driving me mad.
I was tested for coeliac disease, not that, chrons disease, not that, gallstones, not that.
So I tried the elimination diet and started with cutting out dairy, not that.
So then I tried cutting out gluten/wheat and only eating potatoes and rice as my forms of carbs.
2 weeks later, I feel like a new woman.
That's all it took.
So I would urge everyone who has yet to try an elimination diet to give it a go - if it isn't gluten or dairy, it could be other things, egg for example.
Don't just try to figure out particular trigger foods because it's likely that whole groups of foods are what is making you suffer!
Also, after visiting many GP's, they don't have a clue what they are talking about, here is my prime example:
Went to the doctor to complain, again, about my D.
The doctor replied with, you should eat more fibre. My reply, soluble or insoluble (as they are absorbed by the body differently)?
The doctor replied, wheetabix.
Why thank you Mr Doctor for your detailed reply, yes I'm sure wheetabix is the cure for all my problems! Silly man!
Anyway, the moral of the story is to never rely on a GP opinions as they are not specialised in Gastro problems, use a trip to the doctors as an interview in order to be referred to someone who can actually help you.
After my trip, I was referred to the hospital to see a Gastro doctor - which is all I needed.
I even met another lady the other day who is sensitive to gluten just like me, all her symptoms were the same etc etc and now she is fine!
Don't just sit there suffering, try everything you can to try and solve it - your bowels are clearly not happy, help them out!!
Also, I feel that IBS is only a label given to sufferers when the cause of the problems is unknown.
IBS is "syndrome" which cause or cure is unknown.
Just a name then? Just a name given to a group of symptoms which cause has yet to be identified?
There is no reason why your bowels should behave this way if you have been examined and told you are healthy in that region (colonoscopy can tell you this) - so if you are healthy - it is something you are eating which is upsetting you down there.
I guarantee if you didn't eat for 72 hours, your symptoms would dissapear.
I understand stress is a factor - and I have been blessed to have very reactive bowls when it comes to stress. But that is different entirely to having to deal with bad bowels every day when your life is not particularly stressful.
So please look at your diet, play around with it, cut things out and see what happens, I wish I had done it earlier!!
I do hope this has helped someone out there, because I feel that some people get labelled with having IBS and hear that there is no cure and just suffer because they feel they need to, when you don't!!