The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Take back control of your life. 

 Illness is much more than a matter of bodily symptoms, it is a state of mind. When we are ill, we feel helpless.  We cannot look after ourselves and so … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Travellers Toils

My IBS flares up as soon as I go abroad. I get such dreadful pain and constipation, and during long air trips, the bloating is so bad it feels I … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Should I be worried?

IBS has such a broad spectrum of symptoms that people write to us every day worried that they may have something more serious.  Doctors are often too busy to see … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Don’t be victim; be a survivor.

Research has indicated that people who have undergone an episode of trauma are four times as likely to develop IBS than those who have not.  Survivors of floods, concentration camps,  … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

Why don’t doctors advise a low FODMAP diet?

Joy replied to my last post, pointing out that the low FODMAP diet ‘has been scientifically proven to improve the symptoms of IBS in 75% of sufferers’, but complained that … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

My doctor never listens; he tells me it’s just IBS ……

My doctor never listens to me.  He tells me it’s just IBS.  There is nothing seriously wrong and I must learn to live with it.  The tablets he prescribes never … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

Is it all the effect of what happened?

Shirley wrote to me yesterday. I have IBS, possibly caused by a traumatic road accident when I was 18, but I also suffer recurring sinus and ear problems as well … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · 5 Comments

Should all roads lead from Rome?

The Rome Committee for the categorisation of functional gastrointestinal disorders, including The Irritable Bowel Syndrome, was founded in 1990 to develop appropriate criteria for the diagnosis of all the different … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

Whatever happened to Susan?

It was late spring and yet Susan arrived dressed in a heavy overcoat, which she kept on throughout the whole of our consultation.  Her surgeon had written to me from … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Does Facebook make your IBS worse?

About 31 million people in the UK go on Facebook every single day; over 50% of the population.  And each of them spends on average 30 hours a month, which … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

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