Living with IBS

Living with IBS

My life with IBS

I was diagnosed 6 years ago with the somewhat generic IBS, after nearly 10 months of running from one doctor to another. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy it wasn’t anything more sinister than IBS, but it’s an awkward condition. Once I was diagnosed, they put me on a few tablets and told me to figure out myself how to deal with it. I was just over 18 I think; I wanted to go out and have fun, but instead, I felt nauseous all day and sometimes went days without eating at all and always worried if there will be a bathroom nearby. The smell of certain foods would make me sick, and I’d lose my appetite, wrong food would trigger horrendous pain, and I spent my 19th birthday nearly throwing up at a restaurant because the smell of fajitas next to me trigged it. 6 years on and my symptoms are still there, but more settle and I now understand a bit better how to live with it. But it has taken me all these years to get to this stage, where I can say that it’s no longer controlling my everyday move. I still have bad days, still don’t like the smell of fajitas, but at least I know what to do once it’s triggered and how to help myself now.I have cut out lactose except for the odd meals here and there (and of course chocolate), I instead only drink A2 milk and have coffee with soya milk occasionally – yes, I am that person who sometimes brings their own milk to a coffee meeting. I cut down gluten and removed all ‘diet’ drinks such as diet coke, for example, as that is the WORST. It might save you a few calories but won’t help your stomach, trust me – full fat is the only option, unfortunately. I also don’t eat toast and instead opt for sourdough or rye bread; which is my favourite by the way!

IBS will always be part of me, I can see the effects it has on my body on a daily basis. But at the end of the day, that diagnosis could have been much worse. Managing IBS isn’t easy, especially at the beginning and for me having to tell people I have digestive issues made me feel embarrassed and uncomfortable – but there is nothing to hide or be embarrassed off.  It would put more pressure on me which lead to it being triggered as IBS is not a fan of stress. It’s ludicrous actually. Now that I’ve stopped making excuses for it certain situations are much easier to handle, and people understand it better, too.

Keeping a food diary was so important and helpful to get better sooner; I really wish someone would have told me to start it earlier on. Although, I do go weeks with being able to eat chocolate fine and the next day it will make me feel nauseous. But that’s just the awkwardness that comes with IBS for me, unfortunately. We all experience it differently, there is no set rule on how to act or what to do. But what I can give you is an idea of what helped me, what I eat and definitely don’t eat – let me introduce a new category on the blog with this post.



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1 Comment

  1. 12th February 2018 / 4:00 am

    I didn't know all that much about IBS but I do live in a family where 2 of the 4 people in it have really sensitive stomachs, so I think I'm pretty used to people talking about digestive issues etc which is good because I couldn't care less if someone I was talking to out and about was talking about that too. If people don't get it, that's their own issue!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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