10 Things you may miss when you have IBS
1 Travel. New places can be tricky for IBS sufferers who generally like to know where the restrooms are.
2 Favourite Foods. Pizza can be hard to replicate if you are deprived of dairy and gluten, as are many IBS sufferers. Ice cream, coffee, the list of things you may miss can be endless.
3 Leaving quickly. Getting out the house may be tricky, and is often a slow process. It would be lovely to get up and go out.
4 Long walks. For IBS sufferers with rapid motility issues, long walks can prove a problem.
5 Feeling comfortable. Being bloated and constantly uncomfortable can become a daily ritual. Would it not be nice to enjoy a meal without the pain ?
6 Sport. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but for the sporty amongst you, IBS can pose a real challenge. Some may choose to carry on regardless, other will lose out entirely.
7 Fast shopping trips. IBS sufferers will generally have to read every packet of food they pick up to ensure that there are no ‘trigger’ foods lurking!
8 Not thinking. You may miss the days where you simply did what you want, when you wanted, and you ate what you wanted when you wanted it……..
9 Social life. Severe IBS sufferers may find it hard to socialize as their life can be constantly disrupted by IBS.
10 Not having to apologize all the time. IBS sufferers may have to regularly visit the restroom which may frustrate whoever you are with. This may lead to frequent, explanations and apologies.
We are sure most sufferers could add many more to this list, one of the things we hear the most relates to IBS treatment.
Hard to find help
There are some great people out there doing incredible work for IBS sufferers, we do no wish to diminish their efforts, however finding great help can be a huge problem for IBS. In the US it may depend on your insurance, in the UK in may depend on your GP, it fluctuates around the world and we do hear some horror stories ranging from apathy to bad practice.
What can you do?
While this blog appears to be negative, it’s primary purpose is simply empathy. It’s a topic we repeatedly visit, as it’s something IBS sufferers rarely receive. In discussing some of the many negative elements we simply wish for you to know you are not alone.
There is also much that can be done and for those wishing to make changes there is hope. Speaking on a personal level as a lifelong sufferer, who has had very severe symptoms (particularly at times where I have followed poor advice). For severe IBS sufferers the hope lies in your determination.
Effort and patience will be rewarded, it may take time, but you will get there. In my twenties when my IBS was at it’s absolute worst, I never dreamt I would be able to live the life I have today. My twenties saw everything from daily pain through to blood and psychological damage all through IBS.
I am not selling you anything, as one thing I know is that I have not cured IBS. I have just found a way to manage my own, and I would not wish to share that with others as I have learnt painfully over the years that one way does not necessarily work for others.
What we do offer is support, empathy and hope. Anyone who takes the time to read a blog such as this clearly wishes to make changes, and is making the effort to research. We hope that you know, our thoughts are with. You can get there.
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