Many many years ago I was told I had IBS (usually the diarrhoea kind, but also some bloating) and I had an awful bout of it that lasted for 1/2 months..but i learnt to manage it (I take fybogel, buscopan, try and avoid eating fatty oily foods in excess, and have rice as me emergency fall back food) and since then, for many years its been totally manageable..I've travelled all over the world and been fine (3 months in South east Asia and no issues)! I have now moved to China where everything has been fine, until i cooked my boyfriend and i some chicken and vegetables, and the next day all hell broke loose(bf was fine)! I now cannot eat any food aside from, rice, crackers, eggs and porridge and maybe toast with out having an awful stomach upset..its been almost a month now (the first 2 weeks i attempted to eat other foods but now iv basically given up, lest i try a soft vegetable or tofu). I don't know what to do, My social life his dipped dramatically, and my boyfriend didn't even want to go for a meal on his birthday as he knew i couldn't eat and didn't think it would be fair - I try and remind myself that people are worse off, but it is really getting me down. I think maybe the chicken i ate was bad and i got a stomach infection and it set off my IBS..i may go to see a stomach specialist, but it will be extremely expensive here in China, especially if all they will tell me is that have IBS ....can anyone relate to this, or have you experienced this? I know this has happened before, and i got better, but i just cant see the light at the end of the tunnel at the moment!
I also feel like people think I'm just being unsociable or lazy but going out and not being able to at or drink alcohol or even a coffee and worrying about needing the bathroom puts pay to a lot of things! Although i know i need to work through it!
Thanks for listening