The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

‘Sick and tired’ of rigid attitudes and flawed science.

  ‘The worst days, many hundreds of them, saw me so ill that I was unable to move my arms and legs, open my eyes or speak.  For those hundreds … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 9 Comments

Can self stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck suppress symptoms of IBS?

Vagal stimulation has been shown to reduce the prevalence of seizures in patients with epilepsy and abort migraine attacks, but until recently this has involved an operation with a significant … Continue reading

October 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trumping: just another bad smell.

  This month, The New Scientist reported that when it comes to trumping, macho, muscle building protein generates the most noxious smell. Farts, as journalist Alice Klein explains, are mostly … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Buscopan; one tablet, two prices, but does it work for you?

Buscopan is licenced by Boehringer Ingleheim, a large multinational pharmaceutical corporation based in Germany.  It is the trade name for Hyoscine Butylbromide, a powerful antispasmodic, registered in 1956, that relieves … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

Faecal Calprotectin: a simple stool test to rule out colitis?

  This is not so much a test for IBS but a test for not-IBS.  Faecal Calprotectin (FC) is a marker released from white blood cells (leukocytes) that are exuded … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Could you run an IBS Self Help Group?

According to patient testimony, IBS is not well managed by the NHS.  Patients  complain that they are not listened to, treated as if they are a nuisance, discharged as soon as … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

In Hertfordshire, IBS hardly merits follow up.

Recently, Robin Whittaker, one of the members of The IBS Network, told us of a letter he wrote to the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  In it, he queried … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

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