One of the biggest problems I have suffering from IBS and Gastritis is that no one really understands.... I have family and friends diagnosed with IBS - but they don't really suffer with it, not really - the odd bloated day. There are no visable symptoms so I'm sure most people think I am a hypochondriac or over reacting - I'm on low fodmap diet and I get laughed at and teased for being yet someone else with a faddy diet, "don't give in to it " I'm told " the more you follow faddy diets the more you will suffer" I'm told - they don't understand I will try just about anything to feel well and normal and lead a life of some sort, how I would love to be able to eat a packet of sweets, an ice cream or a chocolate bar and not be in pain - a Chinese take away or pizza. "Just have one" I'm told "go mad, just do it" they say - they do not have a clue My partner is fantastic and is probably the only one who really sees my suffering - not just physical but all consuming suffering - im not sure he understands it but he sees this is truly hurting me and I am not doing this for fun .... You need someone in your life who sees your suffering and supports you in the battle to be "normal" x
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