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
Trust, illness and the impossibility of sex.
One sunny afternoon in early autumn, while I was busy dissecting the reproductive organs of the Arctic Skate (Amblyraja hyperborea) for my Zoology practical when my biology teacher, Mr Ernest … Continue reading
Are Universities a toxic environment or are we all just overreacting?
More people are ill than ever before, so we are led to believe. About 40% report they have a long term illness, but this statistic does not just represent the … Continue reading
Diarrhoea; the stress and meaning of it.
We have all experienced it; an important interview, the fear of being out of control, an unfair accusation, shocking news; they can all trigger an urge to evacuate our bowels. … Continue reading
Does work cause your IBS?
Is your IBS worse on Monday morning when you go to work? Does it improve when you take a holiday? Have you had to take time off work because of … Continue reading
Can work tie your guts in knots?
A hundred years ago, most people would work in the office or the factory from about half past eight in the morning to half past five in the evening with … Continue reading
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
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
Feeling ill again? Is it your diet or might it be your chimp?
I’ve followed the diet so carefully, but I still get attacks of IBS, when everything I eat seem to upset me? Why does the pain always seem to get me … Continue reading
Am I or is my gut just too sensitive?
The way the symptoms of IBS can change in response to treatment can be so confusing. For Jane, it seemed that the treatment worked, but the patient felt worse. ‘I … Continue reading