Hi Fellow sufferers,
I wrote about a change in symptoms recently , where instead of the loo trips being in the morning they came after evening meal. I used to get D sometimes after a main meal but mainly mornings were bad then okay. This change has continued for a few weeks and I have monitored the situation and noticed the following changes.
After breakfast, ( green tea and toast usually), I feel mild pain and have gas. I feel like I am going to have an urgent BM but nothing -just wind. This dies down a bit but there is still this feeling of a BM probably IBS D on it's way -mainly discomfort. If I have say a ham sandwich at lunch time with some diluting juice , again there is a strong feeling of D is going to occur --but just more wind . So discomfort most of the day--sometimes there is relief if attention is distracted and focused on something.
Passing wind eases things but still the feeling a doze of D is on the agenda. By evening this has subsided again and I eat a sizeable meal, usually hungry by this point. After eating this, the symptoms return with a vengeance , loads of wind followed by an urgent BM , can be explosive diarrhea . This usually eases things completely pain wise but I cannot say I feel great after getting rid. It leaves you feeling a bit drained and worried about the cause and thinking what if I was out somewhere for a meal and had this. Also thinking what did I eat that my system wants to clear out so urgently.
After 48 years of IBS , you would think you would be used to this and accept it . To a degree I had and had worked my life around it in the morning but this change from morning D and then ok , to evening episodes has started up worry , anxiety and checking web sites etc to see if this is normal, or is something new happening and thinking should I look for food intolerance testing. One thought is that being retired changes morning routine and no work worries ,or stress setting off to work and maybe this impacts by not giving strong enough morning urge.
Has anyone out there experienced anything similar ,symptom wise , I just feel that if others have experienced the same , I might be able to just accept it and stop it filling my mind , it becomes like an obsession . I have my evening meal and wait for it to happen.
Hope to hear if anyone out there can help , at least to put my mind at rest. I do not intend going to Doctors , I just get told the same thing --basically go away and stop worrying about it. A couple of years ago , I asked to see a consultant and he listened , examined my stomach etc., then said you have IBS and have coped with it for years , just carry on and continue to work round it.