Hi, my name is Debra, I have had IBS for a number of years, I have had two colonoscopes, after my symptoms got unbearable, I have had other tests, always just get told by hospital specialists that it is something I have just got to live with.
It's easy to say when they don't have to live with it, when any food can set it off, when I only have sometimes minutes to get to a toilet as there is little warning. I don't know about anybody else, but I need to know where toilets are wherever I go, often hurrying into a cafe or a pub to get to a toilet urgently, it's not always easy, at times some very near misses.
I have tried many medications, nothing makes a great deal of difference, after my latest colonoscopy, I was told by the hospital consultant, to take Loperamide everyday, but a) I don't really want to become intolerant to them and b) I have tried it, but often then I become constipated, I can't seem to find a happy medium.
I have to say I have a great GP, he is really helpful and very understanding, I just get so frustrated by it at times, I just wish I could live a normal life and be able to go out without worrying about what may happen.
I hope that I may be able to see how other sufferers cope.