The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

April 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

November 20, 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

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

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

October 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

IBS. Blame my mother-in-law!

At The IBS Network, we get letters; lots and lots of letters.  Janice’s letter arrived this this morning and struck a chord! Hello I’m Janice. I’ve suffered from Irritable bowel … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

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