I've been recently diagnosed IBS C. I've spent these last few months racking my brains to try to establish if anything I'm doing (or not doing) is contributing to my symptoms. I should say that I have an anxiety disorder and have experienced a great deal of emotional stress over the last year which I believe is what has triggered everything off.
A major component when you read about IBS is food. The thing is, I cannot work out if anything is contributing. I do not get cramps very often, and certainly not within a predictable timeframe after eating. I just feel mild discomfort all the time. Sometimes I bloat, which gives me mild pain, but I've had painful bloating even before all my IBS symptoms started. The ONLY time I get bad pain that can last for hours is after I have had a BM. So it seems like it is a mechanical (for want of a better word) issue. I have been constipated for as long as I can remember. Even when I am managing to go daily, I still feel full up because I'm always on catchup mode (because I've still been eating during a bad bout of constipation so I've always got a lot of stuff to clear, if that makes sense).
Food - I think processed stuff and milky things always make me feel a bit sick and occasionally bloat me but they never really give me pain as such - only mild from gas but not cramps like I get after a BM.
Does this seem to make sense? I would love your thoughts please as I am desperately trying to make sense of this. Thank you.