My IBS Story: Finally getting a diagnosis.

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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.

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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.

Past Episodes

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.

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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.

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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?


  1. Hi. I also have had IBS since I was 19. I am 38 now. Until I had my daughter 8 years ago things werent too bad with my IBS but with the stress of an abusive relationship has had a huge detrimental affect on my IBS. I have had various investigations over the years and nothing conclusive ever came back. My tummy would look and feel so swollen the consultant at the hospital described me as having a pregnant tummy. I have tried various probiotics/prebiotics/mebeverine, all to mo avail. I did start one last year called vsl3 which did help a lot however it is very expensive and i still felt bloated just without the pain. Since going vegan in august ‘17 a lot of my symptoms have gone, as i also was advised to follow a low FODMAP diet. This is quite difficult being vegan however it is possible. I have googled it and made a list of things to avoid and things to include. Legumes, and some friits and veggies make IBS symptoms worse. I cant eat brocoli without my tummy bloating up and filling eith gas. I think it is all about trial and error but i think people underestimate the impact of IBS on someone’s every day life.

    • Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m at the stage where I’m trying mebeverine and also trying to eliminate foods that are causing me the most pain by recording what I eat. You are so right people do not understand the impact it has.

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