Hi everyone i'm new here. I was diagnosed with IBS over 15 years ago and was first prescribed spasmanol due to cramping pain in my stomach. That was pretty much the only symptom I had for a few years. Sitting down all day in work too! I have always suffered with excessive wind and this is what causes my lack of confidence and makes me feel anxious. I am a worrier and have a nervous stomach, which I don't think helps IBS so sometimes I can be on a vicious circle. I read on NHS direct that activated charcoal can be good for excessive flatulence so over the last few months I have been taking it. You can take up to 12 tablets daily but I only take 4 tablets a day (2 in morning, after breakfast and 2 a night before bed). Recently on the odd occasion I have been feeling sick when I eat and get heartburn. My bowel movements are quite varied and I can get constipated but the last few days I have been quite loose. I also suffer with pain in my lower abdomen and rectum and have read that this could be a condition called proctalgia as I seem to have some of the symptoms. I have also read that the charcoal can cause blockages and is no good for you. Does anyone else use activated charcoal and have issues with it? My plan is to get xmas out of the way and visit the drs in the new as most days I don't feel great especially in the mornings and I'm getting very fed up with it!
Sorry for prattling on!