We are all different, and each of us has our very own version of IBS. So can there be a cure for IBS?
Like me you have probably read many miracle stories for IBS, and sighed. All those stories of “do this and you will be cured”. I get it. So can there be a way out? Not a pill or a magic wand. A path from where we are now towards recovery?
If I am writing this article, it is not to say “do this and you will be cured”, but more “allow this and you give yourself the possibility to recover”.
I realise I cannot speak for everyone. However I got rid of my chronic IBS symptoms after years with this condition, even though “there is no IBS cure”. I had a huge long list of symptoms. Today I am still lactose and fructose intolerant to some extent, though much less than before. I can eat a wide range of foods I could not previously tolerate, like onions and garlic, and I have more energy and optimism than ever.
Specialists examined me and said I had physical reasons for having IBS:
My colon was longer than average, which was why I had digestive problems and constipation;
My epiglottis (the muscular flap that closes to prevent food and fluids from going down the windpipe) didn’t close properly, causing reflux.
And for a while I believed this. My fate had been sealed. I believed there was no IBS cure, and that I had to live with it. And I wasted a lot of time believing the “facts”.
Maybe it’s the word “cure” that is causing a misinterpretation.
Firstly, as we are all different, one single-shot remedy is not going to cut it.
Secondly, IBS isn’t a “disease”. It’s essentially your body letting you know that something is up. And if you don’t react, it will develop new symptoms and tell you louder it needs help – until you do something to support your body and heal.
So you don’t actually need a cure for IBS. You do need to find out why your body is reacting in the way it is. And then address the reasons behind those reactions.
If you have had IBS for a long time, you may have some tirggers that are more difficult to tackle. However you should be able to improve and even beat your IBS if you are committed to change. The type of change that brings pleasure and fun back into life.
What worked for me
I chose to open up my thinking, because I realised that my doctor did not have the answers I needed.
Through research I came to understand that we are made up of a mind, a body, emotion and energy, and these work together. I personally needed to balance and heal all 4 parts in order to recover from IBS. This path took time, commitment and financial investment. It became my priority.
Not something that would be nice, but something I had to do.
What you need to know
For me there are 2 conditions that allow for the possibility of recovery:
Believing it is possible
I love Henry Fords quotation “Whether you believe you can, or you can’t you’re probably right.” If you allow that possibility to exist, it will open a new door for you.
If you stay skeptical then it closes the door.
Taking responsibility for your IBS
This means going against your education, which is counter-intuitive. While your doctor has a great deal of useful mechanical knowledge and expertise, he/she may not fully understand your IBS.
Why not commit to finding out more about holistic approaches and learn how your body, mind, emotions and energy work? And go looking for the roots of your IBS?
If you don’t have time, or find this work difficult, you can work with someone experienced in IBS. Someone who, instead of telling you what to do, is willing to explore your IBS with you and shine a light down that dark tunnel. I offer coaching if you are looking for expert help.5