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

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

IBS: An Existential Issue.

There is an absence about Irene. She lives alone in a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, forty miles from the nearest town. Her husband works abroad for much of … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 11 Comments

Could your partner be making you ill?

What is the thing that upsets us more than anything else?  It is surely our relationship with ‘other people’.  Just think about it; notwithstanding what is happening in the outside … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of a Good Ending

This week I left The IBS Network.  I had been involved with the charity for 25 years as medical adviser, editor of Gut Reaction, volunteer CEO and chair of trustees.  … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Bing: the art of the grudge.

*Bing could never make a decision.  He was forever caught between what he wanted to do and what he felt he ought to do.  A rebel at heart, he desired … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

August 6, 2016 · 12 Comments

Growing up with IBS; don’t always blame the parents.

For most people, IBS starts in young adulthood, teens or early twenties.  It may last for years,  even most of their lives, but more often it tends to come and … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

My son’s IBS is ruining his life.

Penny wrote to me recently My son, Andrew, who is nearly 17 has had  bouts of diarrhoea and tummy pains since he was about 9 or 10.  These were nothing … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Not in your genes.

Oliver James was smaller than I thought he would be. Thin and balding with straggly dark hair and beady eyes behind large dark framed glasses, he was dressed in grey … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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