Over the years I think I have done the complete IBS obstacle course – and I have got rid of virtually all of my IBS symptoms.
I have had first-hand experience dealing with all of these IBS symptoms.
Can you see any of your IBS symptoms here?
I had tell-tale signs when I was a child, but my IBS symptoms really set in when I was 20.
Tell-tale signs as a child:
- Bad digestion, hot-cold swings as a child
- Difficulty sleeping (tossing and turning)
- Lack of concentration at school (although I didn’t know it was abnormal then)
- Vomiting quite regularly
- Lactose and fructose intolerance
- Tonsillitis and regular colds
My IBS symptoms that started as a young adult:
- Gastroenteritis symptoms
- Major stomach cramps
- Diarrhea (regular, sudden flare-ups)
- Migraine-like headaches
- Light sensitivity
- Not having restful sleep
- Bacterial overgrowth
- Mood swings linked to hormones
- Abdominal pain
- Constant weight gain, even eating reasonably
- Acid reflux (heartburn)
- Bad breath
- Leaky gut (which can start up new food/substance sensitivity)
- Chemical intolerance: severe bloating, cramps, vomiting, migraine-like headaches
- Feeling very hot (but no fever)
- Feeling shivery (but no fever)
- Trapped wind
Worsening IBS symptoms after additional life events (pregnancy, loss of loved ones, moves, job changes)
- Being thoroughly sick and bloated through 2 pregnancies (but I had 2 lovely babies:)
- Pain in back and wrist joints that no painkiller could relieve for months
- Regular colds, viruses, nausea
- Bloating up as if I was 8 months pregnant every morning
- Having my arms, my legs, my chest, my hands, my neck bloating up regularly too
- Stiff joints, particularly in ankles and wrists
- Having unexplained stabbing pains in my foot for months
- Regularly feeling as if I had swallowed a cow
- Food cravings
- No longer feeling tension or pain in my body (disconnection)
Aggravated perimenopause symptoms
- Severe perimenopause symptoms
- Rollercoaster mood swings
- Bouts of panic and anxiety
- Very heavy periods
- Dry eyes
- Regular loss of concentration, fatigue, brain fog
That’s quite a list!
How on earth did I manage to go to university, to work and bring up children with all this going on?
I managed it, but I didn’t enjoy it anything like I could have done.
Now I am virtually symptom-free. And I have got my life back.
I still am lactose and fructose intolerant, and have been so for as long as I can remember. But I feel so much better and appreciate life so much more. Instead of just “getting through the day” I have new-found energy and drive for myself and for my loved ones.
Want to know how?
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