Does anyone else consider alternative ways of managing IBS? A while ago a doctor said to me that the mind and digestive system are inextricably linked although we are not sure how and why. I already knew this but hearing it said helped me cope. It also helped me to not look for a cure (or further investigations) but instead manage my lifestyle. Over time I have learned what food helps or triggers symptoms, I continue to develop mindfulness and ways to deal with the pointless anxiety which I suffer from. Physical exercise helps and practicing Tai Chi is so influential to my well being. Yes I do take prescribed meds (Mebeverine and Amitriptyline) and over the counter meds (Immodium and Silocogel) when required but appreciate they are not a panacea for ibs-d. I have a friend who uses acupunture and meditation which gives him more relief from Crohns than any meds the GP throws at him. I guess I'm saying there's more to managing ibs than tablets and diet.
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