This is my IBS Story. So I’d just like to say this post will be about bowel pain, discomfort and pooping. If you would rather not read a post about this then please, by all means, skip this one, I have others to read.
Despite years of suffering from pain, constipation and diarrhoea, I’ve only recently had this condition confirmed by my doctor.
MY IBS STORY AND HOW I FINALLY GOT DIAGNOSED
I think I’m just going to start this off with the most recent bout that has led to the diagnosis. For the last 5 weeks or so, I have been really in lots of abdominal pain and my toilet habits have been all over the place, sometimes I’ve been running to the toilet within half hour of eating and then other times I want to go but can’t. Through all of this, I’ve been bloated as hell and suffering from tummy pain every day.
If I take a look back over the last 10 years or so I have noticed there have been lots of things that have upset my stomach, from eating chips from the chip shop sending me running to the loo, to certain protein shakes leaving me in constant pain for almost 24 hours after having. But it wasn’t all the time, every week, or happening on a regular basis, so I did what everyone else would probably do, brush it off and put it down as something disagreeing with us.
[clickToTweet tweet=”If you have any recurring pain, please don’t ignore it and be sure to go see your doctor!!” quote=”If you have any recurring pain, please don’t ignore it and be sure to go see your doctor!!”]
What changed recently?
Well, I’ve been under so much stress recently, I think that has aggravated the condition to the point where one episode rolled into another and the pain never actually stopped.
What’s my doctor’s advice?
They actually have been quite supportive and they understand that the stress I’m under is something I cannot escape from (My son, his eating habits, his weight loss) and they have put me on some medication which so far has helped settle my stomach a little, not entirely, but it is helping a little.
They have also recommended some exercise, now that’s not usually a problem, the majority of the time, I actually enjoy exercising (as long as I’m not in too much pain) plus I’ve been running every day anyway for the last 6 months.
The final thing that was suggested to me was to try the FODMAP diet, or at least see what foods I should try to avoid and try to figure out what my trigger foods are. Looking at all the FODMAP information has me all kinds of crazy.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Trying to FODMAP on a Plant-Based Diet got me all kinds of crazy!!” quote=”Trying to FODMAP on a Plant-Based Diet got me all kinds of crazy!!”]
Most of what I see online is based on a Standard diet and I do not eat meat, dairy products or eggs so I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to implement this into my diet, yet.
If you have any information about a Plant-Based FODMAP diet, please share with me, I need all the help I can get.
The plan is to share the information as I learn more about this and actually figure out what works.
Do you suffer from IBS? Know of any resources that I can check out?