Kia Ora and Hi everyone,
I live in New Zealand. I have suffered from IBS for a very, very long time. I don't remember when I didn't actually suffer from it. In recent years it all got worse. I am bloated, I regularly go to toilet, my body confuses me between diarrhea and constipation.
I've been trying so many sorts of treatments and diets but even when I thought that a given treatment succeeded in managing my situation, it eventually didn't.
Guys, I believe that i don't need to advise you here how hard this whole situation is, about the fluctuations in maintaining normal/healthy body mass and along with it severe fluctuations in the mood due to the pain and inconvenience. I'm a former head nurse (unfortunately, the IBS and later a brain tumour ceased any continuation working). I have a very broad academic knowledge in, and experience with the medical world. I had two Master's degrees in health, so I know, I believe, every treatment and diet, every medical screening and test. Yes, we are Kiwis, so the Australians are our closest neighbours and hence we obviously heard and practice herr the FODMAP diet (it all started in Australia). It didn't work. I needed to eliminate so many things out of my diet that i ended up with only a handful items I could eat.
Now, this is the issue my friends. I'm a dad of two gorgeous primary school kids. I'm in my early 40's and I have so much to give to the workforce, using my brain, rather than using my physical strength (as the latter is subject to the severe fluctuations in the IBS symptoms). I am keen to work but cannot believe that any employer would be willing to employ someone who may be spending more than ten times in toilet every working day. Let alone if I am really sick with smelly gases and pain. It's a burden and I have to admit that mentally I feel very bad. I struggle with myself that I have to be happy because I have a great family whom I love. But I'm keen to work. To be productive.
Anyone of you, mates, who can give me some good advice of how you cope with similar a situation and perhaps found a job that fits to such a severe IBS, I'm keen to hear from you.