Hi. i have signed up earlier today, and must say I have read so many interesting and helpful posts and replies already. I am currently at my wits end with IBS and work! Busy, fast paced job with irregular hours doesn't help anything, which I am looking to change, but for now I am finding things impossible. My IBS is more severe than it has been in years, and its causing me anxiety that it could be something worse, which I go through phases of being paranoid about. Does anyone else get this? Over the years doctors have pretty much pawned me off and put it all down to stress, even when I haven't been under any stress. The original diagnosis was made by doing blood tests for coeliacs etc. And then assuming it must be IBS.
I don't mind the bloating so much (looking 5 months pregnant can be awkward, but manageable) but the constant nausea and upset stomach are really bothering me. Not only does it frequently prevent me from doing one of my hobbies outside of work, but sometimes I genuinely cannot tell if I am ill from IBS or from something like a bug or virus, which I also worry about for work.
Any advice or similar stories very welcome.