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
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
Healing: observing, listening and ‘a laying on of hands’.
Some of my encounters with patients are so shocking that they remain etched on my mind as lessons that have altered the way I practice. It was 1994 and I was … Continue reading
Does you doctor always know best or can you sort something out between you?
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines, of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) … Continue reading
How can you get the best out of your doctor in eight minutes?
Ready! Steady! Go! You’re on Countdown! The clock’s ticking and you’ve got just eight minutes to explain your life with IBS and get the help that you need. It may … Continue reading
When you and your doctor should be concerned.
A woman came up to me at The Allergy and Free-from Show recently. She looked embarrassed and deeply unhappy. ‘Sometimes when I get an urge to go to the … Continue reading
Stuck; when your bowels take over your life.
Stephen is stuck. He is just 20 years old, but his life is controlled by his bowels. He has seen the experts, been scoped, scanned, his body fluids have been … Continue reading
‘Twas the clinic before Christmas
It had been a long clinic. It was already six o’clock and I wanted to go home when the nurse came in and said she was sorry but I had … Continue reading
A Case for Columbo
I receive many letters on The IBS Network website (Ask Prof Nick) from people tormented daily and often for years by their abdominal pain, bloating and bowel upset. Although Susie’s … Continue reading