It’s Just IBS …

April 15, 2018
Blog post

** I originally posted this last year but I thought I would share it again with it being #IbsAwarenessMonth **

It has been a wee while since I posted anything relating to my diet or being gluten free on the blog and there is a very good reason for that.

Things in the old bowel department have not been great. Infact they have been horrendous!

I am lucky that my Liver Specialist is also a Gastroenterologist, so when I saw him back in November I was in a pretty sorry state. Following a gluten free diet was not enough to hold my symptoms at bay and without going into too much information I was pretty much glued to a toilet seat 30-40 minutes after eating.

It was decided that in order to rule out Coeliac Disease then I would need an Endoscopy … which meant having to eat the dreadful gluten for 6 weeks in order to get an accurate diagnosis.

No word of a lie … It Was Awful!

I was so convinced when I went to get my results that I would be told it was Coeliac that I was speechless when my GP said it was negative and that “It’s Just Ibs … ”

JUST IBS?? (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Giving a diagnosis with the word “Just” in it makes it sound like something minor, a small interferance in your life. Well trust me having IBS is more than an interferance to me. It causes major stomach cramps, painful bloating,  needing to get to a toilet ASAP and major fatigue.

In my situation it is also causing major nutritional deficiencies.  I am deficient in Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D and have low Iron and Folate levels. I will talk more about these in a seperate post as it is deserves a post all of it’s own!

Unfortunately there is no magic cure for IBS …. all you can do is manage the symptoms.

Medication wise Buscopan is something that I always carry with me. It is great for helping relieve the painful stomach cramps that IBS causes and is available to buy over the counter or from an online pharmacy meaning that I don’t have to bother my GP for prescriptions.

I have also been carrying out my own research into more natural ways to manage my condition which lead me to discovering The Low Fodmap Diet.  Essentially the term “Fodmap” refers to different food groups which you exclude from your diet for around 4-6 weeks then gradually re-introduce each food group individually to determine what foods are triggering your symptoms.

April is also #IBSAWARENESSMONTH so watch out for a series of posts on the blog about IBS and how to manage the condition!


  • Jen

    April 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    IBS can be a very difficult thing to live with. I know someone who suffers from it, in what sounds very similar to your conditions. She hates taking any medication to stop it, because she just feels dry mouthed and it also create the exact opposite problem, which in turn leads to stomach pains. My only advice is that you find a diet that suits you better. Some foods are terrible triggers, some are easier to stomach. And it isn’t the same for everyone. One person will be able to eat wholemeal bread, another won’t for example. A good way to keep track of triggers is by keeping a food diary.
    It is rather a long haul, but you could follow a test period. You have to cut right back to very basic foods. And slowly introduce certain types. I would suggest getting some professional advice from a dietitian.
    I’m not trying to tell you what to do, because obviously I don’t know you personally, or well enough, I’m just going on the advice I know already. Sorry you’ve been feeling rotten of late, hope you find a way of coping with it.

  • Claire

    April 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t have ibs but since losing my gallbladder have terrible stomach cramps if I eat the wrong foods. I also rely on Buscopan for cramps.

  • Healthy & Psyched

    April 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I’m sorry the doctor said that to you and how it made you feel. I think they can have a very one dimensional medical view sometimes and don’t take the patients feelings into consideration. I’m surprised they didn’t help you by suggesting a low fodmap diet….

  • shelley morecroft

    April 2, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I have IBS and cannot believe the doctor said ‘just’. Because of IBS I am anaemic, low on vitamin D and C. It’s so difficult to find out what triggers it as well, 2 years in and sometimes I’m still baffled why I’m suddenly in pain now. IBS is not life threatening or anything, I get that, but it can still make everything pretty difficult and now illness should ever be diagnosed with a ‘just’. Every person reacts differently as well! Hope it’s all going well for you soon xx

    1. Nicola

      April 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Its such a horrible thing to have and I can sympathise on the low Vitamin’s. People just dont realise how much of an impact it can have! THanks for your comment xx

  • Megan

    April 2, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t really know much about this, but I have heard of people with IBS going on low foodmap diets and it has really helped them!

  • Jess

    April 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Oh gosh what an awful thing to have to hear! I hope you’re able to identify your triggers 🙁
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  • francesca

    April 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I would have been equally flabbergasted at the word ‘just’ before being given the diagnosis!!! Its ridiculous! Sorry to hear its IBS I know a few people who suffer from it so it can’t be easy!

  • Sarah | Lavender Life

    April 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    It’s so awful they used the ‘just’ in front of it. Even if it’s not as bad as some of the other things, you still have to live with it… :/
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