Hi. I'm becoming quite desperate with my symptoms and would really like to share with fellow sufferers.
Ive had IBS since my teens but it seems to have worsened in recent years. Does age have anything to do with it?
My flare-ups are usually triggered by the wrong foods and aggravated greatly by anxiety.
I developed anxiety 25 years ago which then moved to health anxiety meaning that every little twinge causes anxiety and the anxiety just increases the symptoms.
I got gastro in Jan this year. We all had it but the rest of the family recovered within a week. I went on to have the longest flare-up of IBS I've had to date.
Ive been living a very stressful life for five years and was facing my fifth or sixth move to another country. I dont like moving!
So I'm here and well settled with a job and a lovely home, amongst friends and family, but the anxiety and IBS continue, to the point that I'm absolutely desperate and miserable.
Ive been to three doctors for confirmation and they all agreed on IBS aggravated by anxiety.
Ive tried Buscopan, Bevispas, and some homeopathic medication. Im taking Ativan (Lorazepam) during the day and one Librax at night. This is supposed to relax my colon and my anxiety. It helps a little and I sleep well.
Ive had no appetite because of the anxiety so have lost alot of weight. In fact I'm scared to eat because it always causes pain. Im trying to follow the FODMAP diet but I still get pain. Every time, I look at what I've eaten and think "well I'll have to eliminate that food too". But im almost down to bananas, rice and chicken now.
My doctor says I should just eat fresh healthy food. But the FODMAP site says differently.
I actually dont know what to eat or what medication to take any more.
Can a flare-up last this long?
I worry the Doctor has missed something but she says I'm fit and healthy.
Im really terrified that this is never going to go and I just cant live like this for much longer. But I dont know what else I should try.
I only have pain. Seldom diarrhoea or constipation. So I gather its all gas related and due to spasms in my colon, plus my anxious mind magnifying everything.
Any support, help, advice would be greatly appreciated.