Living with IBS means you face a daily battle to make sure you keep your gut as happy as possible. I’ve got this down to 11 things I do daily that definitely make all the difference.
For the first time ever, I went to an appointment about my IBS and didn’t leave 10 minutes later, in floods of tears. While that might not mean much to you, to me, this was a BIG deal.
IBS can be super embarrassing, I get that, but in a bid to help break the poo taboo (one of my fave phrases), I’m sharing more of my story. And yes I will always have my top jeans button popped. Long live smock tops.
I’ve had IBS for what feels like a 100 years now and have been faced with every throwaway comment from people who might mean well, but don’t get it. So I figured, why not turn those comments into a cheat sheet of things NOT to say to someone with IBS. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that you’ve got to educate people around invisible illnesses. Here goes!
I’m off on my hols in a couple of days time and one thing that always petrifies me is bearing my bikini body for the first time. The fact that I have to peel off my many layers to reveal my pasty pins, my IBS-bloated belly and thighs in all their wonder is kinda daunting. I don’t diet, I don’t go to the gym and I eat far too many chip-sticks.
I actually hate going to the doctors, especially when it revolves around my IBS, and like to put it off for as long as possible before resorting to making an appointment with a wait time of at least 2 weeks. Last week I picked up my courage and went back demanding more testing and more answers.
IBS is like a non-stop roller coaster. One minute you’re riding high, enjoying everything and anything and then within seconds your tummy growls aggressively, telling you that a flare up is rumbling. When you have IBS you often feel like you’re the only one and that no one really understands your symptoms and how tired and fed up it can make you feel. At least that’s how I felt about a year ago and now I’ve pushed myself to go back to the docs for more testing, made a tonne of IBS friends and am kinda managing the day-to-day struggles.