IBS: Why trigger loops are important

   October 12, 2018

Your IBS and trigger loops

Have you tried EVERYTHING but just can’t seem to get your IBS symptoms under control?

Maybe it’s time to consider what else may be causing your IBS to go round and round.

For me an important part of the IBS puzzle was was trigger loops. I have now fully recovered from IBS. I don’t manage symptoms. I eat freely whatever I want to. And I no longer obsess about toilets. After years suffering from chronic IBS.

How trigger loops set in

My particular specialisation is looking for the triggers behind IBS symptoms. The associations the mind makes between an event, a feeling and an impression that can wire reactions and unwanted behavior patterns that we just can’t seem to shake.

We interact with the world via our 5 senses. Based on our beliefs and our previous experiences, our mind interprets and labels each event. We will have an emotional reaction, a physical reaction and an energetic one too. And resulting behaviour.

When we have reactions and don’t express them emotionally, physically or energetically, over time they become lodged in the body. This can include events back from childhood that we were not allowed to express, or even stress situations you are having at work or at home on a regular basis.

They can turn into neuro-muscular spasms and trigger patterns that start interfering with normal body function and the natural circulation of energy in the body. In this article In this article I presented a relationship between chronic constipation,diarrhea and pain.
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A trigger loop in action

Back when I had IBS-C, I was actually “lucky” enough to see a trigger loop establish itself. I was using paint stripper and paint while fuming about not having been accepted for a marketing job – again and feeling excluded from the job market in France in anything other than a teaching role. While I was painting over the space of several my brain set a negative association between the products I was using and the deep emotions I was feeling. I was fuming inside but not letting that feeling out, trying to control it and keep it in – as I learned to do from a very early age.

The result: I became intolerant to fresh paint, but also perfume, nail varnish and air fresheners.

I had unconsciously wired in that association and behavior pattern. And because any of these products would set of a major IBS flare-up, make me bloat up, vomit and give me migraines within a short space of time, I went around in a state of fear, trying to avoid them. And this reinforced the trigger loop.

But I can’t change how my mind and body reacts. I was born like this…

You weren’t born like this. You were hopefully born as a happy, healthy baby. It’s what happened during your life experiences that progressively impacted you, when you had specific experiences.baby

In case you’re wondering, you don’t have to have lived awful experiences to have trigger loops setting off flare-ups. You may have experienced a situation that went on for a while that you found difficult, for a reason that is unique to you. And that is going round in a loop.

The good news

The good news is that you CAN change how your mind and body reacts. I now specialise in helping IBS sufferers like you undo those trigger loops. Concerning your IBS there may be many triggers to sort out, or maybe just a few. For me there was one core trigger that was very deep and central to my IBS. And a few other that were hooked onto it, but that were much easier to modify.

So now you know…

 

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