Hello all and thank you for taking the time to read this post. It will more than likely end up being super long and probably boring in parts but bear with me.
My name is Richard and I have worked for the Ambulance service now for 4.5 years. I am about to qualify as a paramedic which is my life long goal and the job I love 1000000% and would never change it in the slightest.
I have suffered what I would call IBS symptoms for about 15 years that I can remember but I am sure there are times before that but I was too young to remember. It would just be very random bouts out of the blue. I would get severe cramps, bloating, colic and then once I passed a motion that got the "irritation" feeling out the bowel it would all settle down and nothing would happen again.
I was Nieves at this point and didnt really think too much of it. I lived with it.
When I worked on the none emergency side of the ambulance I worked 8 hour shifts and climbed after work nearly every day. I ate chicken/sausage pieces with pasta in a cheese and bacon sauce, it was nice and then occasionally a cheat day I had other stuff, Nothing really set me off and it was nice.
Then I started working 12 hour shifts which stopped the climbing regular and the food also. Occasionally on a night shift I would get horrible diarrhoea and I thought maybe again it was just some tummy bug but it was always with a night so then a pattern started to emerge. I had also worked out that some onion and other foods would set me off so was avoiding these.
Did i forget to mention something happened when I was about 10 that stopped me eating fruit and veg (I cannot remember what it was and mum cant, so was it something like my IBS issue or an allergy (I am partially allergic to nuts) that caused me to go off fruit and veg?).
I started to get constipated a lot, i was given all types of laxatives until fybrogel and movicol seemed to work well. I developed severe hemorrhoids which had to be operated on. The operation did the trick but in getting rid of them I then developed more issues.
1. What I was told was Severe IBS and intolerances
2. I would go to the toilet and then in about 30 mins after I would need to clean myself again which when working with patients was horrible.
I started back on shifts which were 2 days 2 nights 4 days off.
I would be okay on the days, first night sometimes diarrhoea or the second night it would be. I would then go home ill and have 10 - 30 bouts of water diarrhoea over the next 24 hours. I was loosing weight fast. Doctors did emergency tests and found nothing sinister so gave me loperimide which did help. I would then get well for the day shifts and it would start again.
I couldnt live like this. Specialists started doing tests, had exams on back side and then a colonoscopy which had to be aborted due to me screaming in pain even on entonox and sedation.
Then i had an MRI exam which showed nothing up
Bloods and stool samples were negative so a label of IBS was branded on me.
I have been living like this now for 2 years and my GP has tried me on amitryptiline for the IBS and also mild depression but that worked but not as he wanted so changed me to fluoxetine the other week and my emotional state took a dive
Did i mention my mum been fighting cancer a year, has been in hospital nearly 4 months on and off during my exam period at Uni.
Also I had a complaint at work when mum was diagnosed and a bad paediatric case too.
I have become intolerant to pork, To oats and countless other things which sometimes i can eat, othertimes makes me ill.
I cut out wheat and its helped me loose a stone in a month but also made me feel less bloated.
I used to go to work and burp and feel sick all day and that was days and nights, I was anxious about my bowels being bad so I became bad.
I started hypnotherapy which has helped a little but not a huge amount.
I went to occy health and the were useless in my request to come off nights, which would have helped me for a bit I think.
Does this all sound like IBS or what, I am at whits end and cannot take much more of this. All I have been eating the last few weeks is Rice crispies with coco pops and some chocolate buttons.
Occasionally trying some wheat free breads and chicken and cheese, beef burgers that as 99% beef which just salt and pepper.
My love life is none exsistant and my body seems to now fear everything, I love climbing but I seem to have lost a fair biut of confidence with that too.
I sit here typing this with sweaty palms and sweaty feet. I get like that thinking about IBS and also about climbing and work and arghhhh please help me...