Hi, I have been living with some form of IBS for almost 9 years now. It has made me housebound over time due to uncontrollable diarrhea, and now i have just recently became a dad and i feel its about time i gave up on the trial and error of untold amounts of tests and treatments and go for a colostomy to give me the freedom to be an active father and allow me to go back to work. Im going to see my gastroentorologist in 13 days and im really scared that she is going to say no but do any of you have any experiences similar? Just below this i will post all of the things ive tried and been tested for (copied and pasted from the letter i have written to my gastro to help my case) Thank you in advance for your thoughts, Ricky.
I’ve had a colonoscopy, a LOT of blood tests, x-rays, a ridiculous amount of gp appointments with a lot of different gp’s and it’s just all been for nothing so far. I always just get given the “There’s nothing we can do” or “You will just have to learn to live with it”…. This isn’t living, this is existing!
I’ve been tried on increasing doses of sertraline, up to 200mg, which have made no difference, and I’m now at 100mg.
I’m having to take amitriptyline to help with the pain and I was solely on amitriptyline originally to try and help with my bowels, and now to help with the insomnia sertraline brings.
I’ve been tried with isphaluga husk(fibre supplements), peppermint capsules, pro-biotics, vitamin B supplements, multi vitamins, aloe vera juice, giving up caffeine, high fibre diets, low fibre diets, exclusion diets, CBT, hypnotherapy, glucosamine,Lactulose, macrogol (laxatives), Citalopram, Fluoxetine, anti-spasmodic’s, and Toilet and food diaries/schedules galore!
I’ve also tried kegal exercises, bowel retraining & exercise itself, I lose my appetite frequently when I go through a period of frequent attacks and I end up not eating well for a week or two after because of it.