Life with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

For a few years now, I’ve had some problems with my bowel. When it first started, my GP prescribed some oral powder solutions to help me go to the toilet. I’ve had chronic constipation for as long as I can remember. This has also been referred to as, slow transit constipation, following a barium X-ray in 2018.

It wasn’t until I was referred to Oaklands in Salford again more recently for a sigmoidoscopy, that I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with constipation, not diarrhoea.

For me, IBS seems to be getting more common but lost in what it actually is when people say, “Oh, I have IBS.” I always knew something wasn’t the same anymore when I went to the toilet but it was always put down to, encouraging me to eat a high fibre diet, continue to take laxatives etc.

There’s only so many things you can try and I’ve lost count of the different laxatives and stool softeners I’ve tried. My body takes them in then decides to go back to square one after a couple of weeks and reverts back to the sluggish bowel.

A consultant prescribed a tablet for me which I had a bad reaction too, which I as surprised at because new medication usually agrees quite well with me. Unfortunately, I was feeling sick, going to the toilet (up to 10 times a day) with the opposite of what I’m used to, and feeling very shaky with some chest pains. It was awful and I was sent to A&E to be put a drip to rehydrate me. Luckily, nothing serious had happened.

Living with chronic constipation before it was looked at more closely to determine IBS, it made me feel strange. It’s had such an impact in how I see my body (the bloating and hard belly), hearing the constant grumbles, and being in absolute agony because I haven’t been to the toilet in so long.

Today, I think I’m on a much happier road. I know what I’m dealing with now. It doesn’t make it completely better as many other people out there with IBS know, it affects you mentally and physically, in many ways. But for me, it comes part and parcel with hypothyroidism, just like many of the symptoms I experience on a daily basis.

I’m so glad that I am under a consultant who can guide me on the best medication, diet and laxatives to take. My poor fiancé hears about it all… even the bits he would rather not. But he puts up with me anyway.

If anyone has any advice or tips, I’d be so grateful. Please share them in the comments below or via my contact page.