Hi, I'm new here- My husband was trying to find me something to help me as I have IBS and was searching online and came across this site. I've been having very nasty attacks off and on for weeks and don't know where to turn or how to ever get better.
I have had IBS for over 10-15 years now. I'm so fed up of being ill and I don't know what to do to get better or even cope with it any more. I think it started after my honeymoon. I've always had nervous stomachs - like when I was learning to drive or going on holiday - I'd get nervous excitement and end up in the bathroom before with an upset tummy. But it seems to have become IBS after my honeymoon. We went to Dominican Republic and was advised to take malaria tablets. So I did, before and during the trip. I immediately had very bad diarrhea both before and during the holiday. Luckily the shop in the hotel stocked imodium. I was on it constantly. So was my husband - he had diarrhea badly too due to the tablets. We had to cancel one of our trips into the rainforest because we just couldn't go as we had to be constantly near a toilet. It was only when we spoke to the rep to cancel this that we were told that there had been no malaria there for a long time and we had not needed to take the tablets at all. We immediately stopped taking the malaria tablets but the effects carried on for several weeks.
Once we'd come home my husband got better. But it was after this that I seemed to develop IBS. After this I regularly got IBS - not that I knew what that was at the start. I would have terrible diarrhea all the time often with excrutiating stomach cramps and abdominal pain that leave me gasping and crying in agony.
Over the years I have tried several things to try to get well. I take peppermint oil capsules, buscopan IBS relief tablets and imodium. I have tried to change my diet but can't find anything that helps.
My IBS often hits me late at night or in the early hours of the morning. But also at any time of day or night to be honest.
It is so bad at the moment that I'm at my wits end. I feel so ill. The latest attack has been going on for 3 weeks. I have terrible diarrhea all the time with very painful stomach cramps and pain that rips through my lower stomach. I take imodium to try and stop it along with buscopan to try and stop the cramps. But sometimes I have to take so much imodium because it doesn't work for long. It stops it for maybe a day or two but then it all comes backs and I have to take more. The imodiums only seem to work for very short period of time now. My stomach feels like a tumble dryer all the time with rumbling and churning feelings. It is making life very difficult.
I am in a very difficult and stressful time in my life. I moved from the UK to Spain over 2 years ago due to financial problems which meant we couldn't afford to live in the UK anymore. So we sold up and used the little bit of equity we had to buy a small bungalow in Spain. It hasn't been easy here but we have managed.
But in the last 6 months I lost my job. I got another job working from home but after just over a month they dropped me and didn't pay me anything. I since researched the company to find it was a dodgy company run from Romania and although I went to ACAS I couldn't do anything legally to recover what they owed me. I found another job working from home. After just over a month one of the owners did a runner back to the UK leaving everyone in the lurch (including his business partner). Yet again they never paid me. I couldn't believe it had happened to me twice in a row. So I have had no money for 6 months. I have no savings. Only the house I stand in. I had to sell my little old car for the money so I now have no transport. I have no friends here or family here. I have only my husband and my little dog. My husband hasn't been able to find work here since we came here. My husband's family will not help us at all - to be honest we have disowned them as all they ever did was cause trouble and we don't need that. I only have my mum left. She has been amazing - using her credit card to try to pay our bills so we don't get the electric and water etc cut off. Even using her credit card to buy us food online otherwise we would have had no food or water the last 6 months. She really can't afford to do this for us as she's 72 and only has very little money herself. But she has done all this to help us.
I've now found a new job again working from home. I've been working for 4 weeks on this now. I think I've finally found a genuine person and job. It's very stressful as it's appointment setting and I only get paid each day if I can get 3 or more appointments booked. So every day is stressful and I never know if I am going to make it that day or not. Because of the last 2 jobs I am very distrustful and am always stressing if I am going to get paid at the end of each week. So far the boss seems genuine and has paid me - even covering for me when I had to take the afternoon off last week due to my IBS and paying me anyway for that day.
I am so stressed and anxious all the time. I also have OCD - I was on medication for that but ran out of it a month ago. I cannot get it from the UK anymore and I can't afford it here so I have no medication for my OCD and have to deal with that also. I cry all the time, very unhappy. I can't go out as I don't have a car, there is no public transport here and I can't walk far as I my pelvis is out of alignment which means I get lower back pain and siatica down my left leg. So I can't walk far either. So I never go anywhere, see anyone other then my husband and dog. I can't afford to buy anything other then the essentials.
With the all the stress and no meds my OCD is very bad. My IBS is very bad. The OCD med's did have one good side effect in that they helped my IBS - the meds can give people constipation but I found it just helped me to control my IBS - now I don't have them the IBS has got worse.
I feel almost suicidal - I am so ill, so stressed, so unhappy.
I would welcome any help from anyone - any ideas on what I can do to try and control my IBS because it is ruining my life and I don't know what to do to get well again