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MyQuaterLifeCrisis Tue 19-Apr-16 19:42:18

I've been in agony for the last few days, bed ridden the whole of today except for doing the school run. This only started on Friday (though I've had flare ups in the past) and it's been non stop torture, I feel like I'm in labour! sad I'm scared to leave the house because I need the toilet all the time, though have chronic constipation so needn't worry really (sorry, tmi)

I can't really see a doctor, unless I want to wait two weeks for an appointment and then wait an hour to be called - I know they will just suggest taking paracetamol as they have before. I've been taking ibuprofen and buscopan throughout the day, which helps for a couple of hours and then it's back to square one. I just want the awful achey cramps to go away! I had a bowl of porridge for breakfast, and then a bowl of soup for dinner (no crap food) but it's still agony five minutes after eating, so now I'm too scared too.

Really need a long term solution for this that doesn't involve popping painkillers every few hours! Anyone experience this/have any suggestions?

TIA!

Antanddec123 Tue 19-Apr-16 19:47:35

Have you been tested for Coeliacs?

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts Tue 19-Apr-16 19:49:27

Hi, IBS is horrible. I have had it for over 9 years, I found for me medication isnt always enough. I try and control it through diet. For me dairy and caffeine are my main triggers, I cant drink coffee at all and struggle with too much wheat products. This is all made much worse when i am stressed.

Maybe keep a food diary and find out what is triggering the worse of the stomach aches and then consider cutting them from your diet, then slowly reintroducing them. I was dairy free for about 2 years and can now tolerate it although chocolate still upsets my tummy.

flowers hope you feel better soon smile

Whyissheontheship Tue 19-Apr-16 19:52:04

Have you tried the FODMAP diet. (It's not a fad diet is a scientifically studied diet designed for IBS)

It's amazing my DH is 100x better now he knows what triggers his IBS

gp was very unhelpful

peggyundercrackers Tue 19-Apr-16 19:56:41

Have you had a small intestinal bacterial growth breath test?

MyQuaterLifeCrisis Tue 19-Apr-16 19:56:44

Thanks everyone. No, not been tested for coeliacs. I'll look into food diary/FODMAP though

MyQuaterLifeCrisis Tue 19-Apr-16 19:57:26

No peggy never even heard of such a thing!

carabos Tue 19-Apr-16 19:59:13

Have you tried Mebeverine? I was sceptical about it when I had a flare up last year, but it did work.

carabos Tue 19-Apr-16 20:00:11

Oh, and cut the gluten. That might help in the short term.

Silvercatowner Tue 19-Apr-16 20:00:31

My IBS completely cleared up when I went gluten free. Worth a try.

bloodynoris Tue 19-Apr-16 20:01:11

I know how you feel. I have crohns and been off work for 2 weeks in a flare. The pain is unbearable at times. If you have bad constipation get some movicol from the pharmacy it really helps.

Hope you feel better soon.

Equiem89 Tue 19-Apr-16 20:02:39

Don't cut gluten! If you've never been tested for coeliacs then ask your GP for a blood test but it's imperative that you keep eating gluten beforehand

sonjadog Tue 19-Apr-16 20:03:08

Have you tried cutting out gluten? My stomach got almost instantly better when I did. Wish I had done it years ago.

Everytimeref Tue 19-Apr-16 20:03:57

I was recommend FODMAP by my doctor and had appointments with a NHS dietician to support me. I too found I was 100% better and knowing what the cause is has really helped. I found onions, garlic to be the worse culprits

TinklyLittleLaugh Tue 19-Apr-16 20:04:30

My DD(20) is doing the FODMAP diet at the moment. Three weeks in and she is massively better.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Tue 19-Apr-16 20:04:41

My DH found that cutting fructose out of his diet made him so much better. It's found in fruit juice, honey and processed foods mainly.

Imeg Tue 19-Apr-16 20:06:39

Pain thankfully isn't the main feature of my IBS, but just in case:
Things that help me:
- dealing with anxiety (exercise, fresh air, am considering counselling). I didn't realise how much of a link there was between mind and body
- avoiding too much wheat
- plenty of fibre (brown rice)
- whole chia seeds soaked in water (look in health food shop)
- being aware that it is likely to be worse at certain times of the month and when I'm stressed.

peggyundercrackers Tue 19-Apr-16 20:08:01

Noquarter is called SIBO for short - I know I've posted a link to a DM article but there are lots of articles about it on the net. I've been tested for it and is the main reason I know about it, it was a harmless test and not what caused my symptoms at the time.

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2089942/Think-youre-bloated-IBS-It-just-Small-Intestinal-Bacterial-Overgrowth-easier-manage.html

peggyundercrackers Tue 19-Apr-16 20:08:47

www.webmd.boots.com/digestive-disorders/small-intestinal-bacteria-sibo?print=true

WombatStewForTea Tue 19-Apr-16 20:10:53

I agree about not cutting out gluten until you've had a blood test for coeliac. I did once my bloods came back clear and it made a massive difference to my IBS-D which is now under investigation for IBD with a complete change of symptoms and symptoms were loads better. After a few months I introduced it back into my diet and symptoms came back so I went back to gluten free and symptoms calmed again. After a few months I tried again and was fine.

Antanddec123 Tue 19-Apr-16 20:11:37

I agree with **Equiem89, don't cut gluten until your GP has done the Coeliac blood test.
However, if the result is negative for Coeliac, I've read that some IBS sufferers still feel better cutting out gluten.

canyou Tue 19-Apr-16 20:12:34

IBS sufferer here as well flowers
I take Alforex it is made esp for ibs and is available over the counter. FODMAP diet can help

canyou Tue 19-Apr-16 20:14:15

If you do get a test of coeliac disease remember you need to eat approx 2 slices of bread a day for six weeks.

kali110 Tue 19-Apr-16 20:18:00

My god op you sound like me, except im on heavy duty painkillers grin
It's horrible! Ive had ibs for years but last year or two have been horrendous.
It does seem to go from one extreme to the other doesn't it!

Junosmum Tue 19-Apr-16 20:21:39

Once I found my trigger foods (beans and shreddies are massive ones but a large amount of anything with barley in, e.g over a few days) my ibs got massively better.

I also find it is incredibly hormonal. My current pill really calms it down but other pills have massively irritated it. Being off the pill is a no-no for me as it is unbearable. Pregnancy was awful- they kept thinking I was having ectopic pregnancy or ruptured cysts. I had to be so so strict with my diet. I went back on my pill 2.5 weeks after delivery!

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