The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Emma and Peggy: a family matter.

Emma was always close to her mother – too close you might say. The only girl in a family of four, abandoned by their father, Reg, while they were still … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s not just the symptoms.

It is not just the symptoms of being ill: the pain, nausea, bowel upset, bloating, breathlessness, that are so distressing. It is also what they mean. This includes the fear … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The way we are. How much do we pick up from Mum and Dad?

When we are young, our parents are part of us – just mum and dad.  We don’t recognise their otherness until much later.  We are so close that we pick … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stress and inflammation: the missing link for IBS?

Is IBS  all in the mind or all in the gut?  Is it mainly the effect of stress or might infection, inflammation or disturbances in the colonic micro-biome be major … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · 13 Comments

I’m not mad. I’ve got IBS.

Is what we call IBS the name given to any one of a number of different unexplained gut disorders or is it a combination of defects in many functional components … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

When life becomes pain.

Jenny was upset. ‘How on earth can I carry on when everything I want to do is so painful? Last week, I fancied cooking some pasta with a bolognaise sauce, … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

IBS: more than just a pain in the neck.

So why haven’t we thought of it before?  Intrigued as to why joint hyper-mobility or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) might be associated with migraine, IBS and a whole variety of … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

What’s next for IBS?

On Saturday afternoon at the King’s Hall, Ilkley, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, presenter of The Life Scientific on Radio 4, took us on a voyage into the future. ‘What scientific innovations … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Constipation: Myths and Misconceptions

In 2005, a group of senior gastroenterologists, writing in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, questioned a number of commonly held beliefs concerning the causes and treatment of chronic constipation. I … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Constipation: a consequence of embarrassment, suspicion, intrusion and bad habits.

Human beings are social animals. We talk, eat, work, relax and sleep in public. The only things we tend to do in private is defaecate and have sex. We are … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

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