I have IBS, Anxiety Disorder, complex PTSD and depression. I’m going on hols on Saturday and have had urgency (not D - just soft), butterflies in my tummy, burning pain, spasms and cramp. I’m dreading going on holiday, because I don’t want to spoil it for everyone in my family.
As a history, I lived with IBS-D long before I was diagnosed in 1996. Cutting wheat and watching my saturated fats has helped, but as I’m getting older, constipation is worse. I used to get overflow diarrhoea and terrible pain. My parents (one an alcoholic) basically neglected me as a child and teen when I had IBS attacks. My mum would actually give me into trouble for having attacks of it - that I was trying to get out of chores, ruining her day or holiday. So now I have complex PTSD from dealing with distressing symptoms and effects when I was too young to deal with it alone. Therefore, IBS basically runs my life. I got a Mirena Coil fitted in 2014, which definitely helped my IBS. However, now I am noticing the pain is so much worse, the urgency is worse and my entire gut is on fire.
I also have hiatus hernia, gallstones (but a healthy gallbladder) and chronic daily headache.
I’ve just been discharged from a lengthy period of therapy through community mental health and I feel like I’m falling to bits. I can’t seem to get on top of my IBS and it’s making me so anxious, I could scream and scream. I take one sachet of Laxido a day - anymore than that and I’m strapped to the toilet (it took a looooong time to get that balance right).
I don’t feel I need to see my GP. But I suppose I just wanted to talk to people who understand. I’m wondering if my Mirena Coil is beginning to lose its efficacy (it’d due to be replaced next April), because I’ve noticed my mentrual cycle has gone a bit irregular. Or maybe I’m just so anxious and stressed, that it’s making my IBS flare up. Or could my hernia make IBS worse?
I feel so unwell and just want to cry for ages. Xx