Hiya all! Hope everyone's well today!
SO I finally got round to doing the video about how I learned to cope with my IBS and therefor helped the symptoms a little. I'm by no means cured but things are much much easier now.
There's four parts to it, for some reason the first part wouldn't upload so I'll just write that one out, followed by the links to the other videos.
So today I'm wanting to talk about how I went from being not only house-bound but bed-ridden every day, vomiting and trembling etc to actually being able to handle my flare-ups, reducing the time which they usually last (again, not preventing anything just making it easier and over faster).
The first thing I realised about my IBS is that it was heavily triggered by my anxiety disorder, and that I needed to address my mental health issues not just for the sake of my digestive system but for myself as a whole. I've always had anxiety since I can remember, I remember being four or five and feeling sick with nerves when I had to go to school or my dads house (we dont get along), sometimes getting stomach ache too. At around 15 or 16 I devoloped a social anxiety disorder, which in this last year has snowballed into a general anxiety disorder (basically im very nervous most of the time!). Alongside these things I've also experienced depression, self harm and eating disorders at various points as has family and friends close to me.
This time last year, I was in an incredibly bad place, I wasn't happy with myself or my body AT ALL. I went out a lot, drank a lot and smoked, although I've never gotten into drugs (thankfully!). It was also around this time last year that I had the most outrageous flare-up that lasted for the next 5 months.
When I fell ill, I had to drop out of education and move back in with my mum as I needed care and couldnt look after myself. At this time, with only four walls and my own mind for company, I had no choice but to address my problems. I couldn't ignore them any longer, my body wasn't going to allow it. I spoke to my counsellor every day (Jennifer Gilling - she's brilliant!) going through each and every step of my life, thinking about where there were difficulties or even trauma (albiet mild). I'd not dealt with the problems as they were happening, I'd ignored them and tried to carry on: this caused everything to build up and up until I couldn't contain it anymore. I thought that simply knowing my problems were there was enough. It's not!
So going through the thoughts, feelings, and experiences I had ignored at the time of them happening was difficult - almost impossible - but it made a WORLD of difference. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't cure anything, but understanding where today's stresses and strains are coming from then helps you to understand your illness/es. You don't need a back catalogue of past hurt and trauma in order for stress to play a part in your IBS: you can be married, have a good job, have children etc etc but it doesn't mean there aren't any strains in your life making things worse for you!
What I WILL say is that IT HAS TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER !
Here's part 2:
If there's anything that helps you too - put it in the comments! I also heavily recommend hot water bottles