Do you have any of these IBS symptoms? If so, you probably have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Do you bloat 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 you may look (and feel) as if you are pregnant
Do you have difficulty digesting, and 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 suffer from regular heartburn or acid reflux.
Do you have stomach cramps, accompanied by diarrhea and / or constipation? These are the most common symptoms of Irritable Bowel.
Do you also feel generally tired and maybe depressed? Let’s face it, who wouldn’t?
You may also suffer 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. I think I have been through most of the possible symptoms over the last 25 years without understanding that they were all related.
IBS doesn’t just involve your digestion but all of the body’s functional systems. Now I am free from IBS I can see the big picture and all these symptoms have disappeared. See my symptoms here.
If you want to you can of course be tested for IBS. There a whole range of tests available, including hydrogen breath testing that you can have done via you doctor. These will only confirm what you probably already know, but they do not give you the solution.
Irregular IBS Symptoms
You may find your IBS symptoms come and go. Or you may find bloating and digestive problems stay. Mine have 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.
In future posts I will be looking at the causes of all these IBS symptoms and what you can do to relieve them.
IBS-like symptoms can also come with other disorders, like thyroid problems. They can be a symptom of food sensitivity, and the ground for new sensitivities to develop.
They may be the first symptoms of bowel cancer. Although this seems to be rare, it could be worth having this checked out by a professional.