Do you have any of these common IBS symptoms? If so, you probably have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Maybe you are suffering from alternating constipation and diarrhoea?
Do you experience bloating first thing in the morning, after eating and have excessive gas?
This gas may be trapped and make you feel really full, or it may release at embarrassing moments.
You may have just a little gas, or actually feel heavily bloated and even look pregnant.
Are you having difficulty digesting, and/or suffer from reflux? You may feel some foods going round and round in your stomach, and have a bad taste in your mouth. You may also suffer from regular heartburn or acid reflux, or GORD. (GERD in US English).
Do you also feel generally tired, sluggish and maybe depressed? Let’s face it, who wouldn’t?
You may also be suffering from other symptoms which may seem totally unrelated may be directly linked. You may be experiencing huge mood swings and hormonal imbalance, food sensitivities, headaches or pain in different parts of the body.
Lower back pain is commonly experienced by IBS sufferers too.
Irregular IBS Symptoms
You may find symptoms of IBS come and go. You may go from diarrhoea to constipation, for example. Or be able to eat something one minute, and then develop food intolerance to that same food.
Or you may find bloating and digestive problems stay, and that you suffer from regular IBS flare-ups that seem to come out of nowhere.
Unfortunately you may find that your IBS starts getting worse.
Mine evolved a lot over time. I used to have bouts of IBS that would have me in bed for a few days. Then my symptoms changed to being more regular, but not so bad. And finally I had full-blown IBS with major bloating (bloating up two dress sizes every day) and major discomfort all the time.
If your digestion takes a turn for the worse, ask your doctor to check for SIBO, Leaky gut and H. Pylori.
Where to go from here
If you haven’t yet been diagnosed by a doctor, this would be a good move. You need to rule out other medical conditions, and confirm that it is “just IBS”. Your doctor will run a series of tests to check that.
You may be told you need a colonoscopy. If you want to know more, check out this article “Do I need a colonoscopy?”
How can I get relief from IBS symptoms?
Your doctor may give you medication to help you. While this will hopefully bring you some welcome relief, you will likely find that your symptoms change over time.
Medication doesn’t actually SOLVE the root problems – it just covers them up.
Am I stuck with IBS?
Many prominent websites state that “There is no cure” for IBS.
However I have personally had a different experience. I found a way through.
I had IBS for 25 years, and digestive problems since childhood.
It took me some time, but I have managed to completely reverse my IBS.
I no longer have to suffer from or attempt to “manage” all of my IBS symptoms (and my IBS had become chronic).
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