Hello! I have been suffering with constant (although fluctuating) IBS symptoms for almost 2 months now. I have classic symptoms - constant bloating from morning til night but worseing throughout the day, intermittent diarrhoea and constipation, terrible gas, almost constant cramping in my lower abdomen a bit like period pain but relatively mild, lower back pain sometimes and headaches, tiredness etc. It's wonderful! It is now having a significant impact on my life and wellbeing. I can't plan anything!
I have probably had IBS for several years but I also have coeliac disease and have been on a complete gluten free diet for about 2 years. I have been taking 50mg sertraline for 7 months now and have had intermittent stomach troubles since starting it (nothing new for me though). However, I started to get horrendous acid indigestion and heart burn in Jan/Feb, about 2 months after starting sertraline. I had never had this before. I changed the time of taking my sertraline to the am in March and the heart burn stopped completely.
The current problems started at the beginning of April very suddenly and have not stopped since.
My GP raised the possibility that sertraline could be the culprit but is reluctant to take me off it. She prescribed mebeverine and peppermint oil 3x a day but it does jack all. I have removed lactose to no avail.
Has anybody else had a similar experience with an SSRI antidepressant? I don't know whether to come off it or try another type of medication.
Thank you in advance