Battling with IBS

Stimulated by the rather wonderful quote above, it seemed appropriate to look at a generic issue for IBS sufferers - determination.

Never give up

There are days when any IBS sufferer will feel defeated, whether it be after a day of pain, or unbearable discomfort, or on the back of an incident - we all have those days.  It is so hard to keep going when every day feels like a challenge.  This feeling is amplified by the nature of IBS.

This is not a condition which is easy to discuss, or visible to the eye.  It is very hard to describe to others the nature of IBS as it often appears trivial - unless you are the sufferer.


The harsh reality of this condition is that by and large you will have to go it alone.  While there are some excellent support groups (listed on this site - see IBS Help), on a day to day basis few of us are blessed with support.

So how do we suck up the strength to go on and more importantly over come the challenges posed by IBS, without becoming deflated?  How do you stay positive battling IBS until you can discover a way for you to deal with the condition?

Never lose hope

For many sufferers the worst feeling arrives after a source of hope fails. When news treatments arrive or research suggest that help is at hand, understandably hope soars.  Sadly, the unique nature of IBS means that time and again many sufferers will have their hopes dashed.

If you have experienced the intense frustration that nothing seems to work, you are not alone.  The reality is that most sufferers will go through that feeling many times on their journey to finding the right path.  While this is entirely understandable, the key point here is that no failure is ever wasted.


The key to success in over coming the symptoms of IBS is treating every failed attempt as a valuable lesson rather than a defeat.   This is not always easy, however much of life’s journey is dependent upon the attitude with which we undertake the challenges we are presented with.

The point with IBS, is that the digestive system is spectacularly complex and to trace the source of your own personal difficulties will require you to undertake the role of Sherlock Holmes at times.  

Every failure will give you a clue as to the cause of your IBS. Each misstep will arm you with information that will help you and your physician create a plan which will allow you to retake control of your life.  This may require patience, but it is utterly worth it.

I have suffered IBS from the moment I arrived on this planet, it dominated the great majority of my life.  If I can offer one piece of advice, it would be to never give up, never stop trying and never stop learning.  

I will always have IBS, however IBS is no longer in complete control of my life, I am in control and it feels so good.  I have freedom, and I can think of no greater cause to fight for, and no greater reason to refuse to be defeated.


“If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don't work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!”

 Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Winston Churchill, Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches

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