The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Decoding the symptoms of your IBS

  One of the first lessons people learn when they attend self help groups for IBS is that everybody’s symptoms are different.  Some people have diarrhoea and abdominal pain that … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

No, it’s not all in your head, but at least you can do something about that.

If IBS is all is your head, can somebody tell me how dietary fibre cures depression?                              … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The things that happen: childhood trauma and IBS later in life.

Two weeks ago I received a letter from Judith.  This led to the following correspondence, which, with her permission, I have reproduced here with just a few minor edits.  Over … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 8 Comments

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

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

August 9, 2016 · 7 Comments

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

Suicide caused by IBS, but did the system let her down?

  On the 5th March, 2013, The Southern Daily Echo, based in Southampton reported the inquest on a 25-year-old Hampshire woman, who committed suicide after struggling to overcome irritable bowel … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 6 Comments

You’re only as sick as your secrets.

Jenny had had IBS ever since her early twenties. It was the pain deep in the pit of her stomach that affected her most.  It made her feel unbearably sad … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 5 Comments

It may be shocking, but does your doctor understand your IBS?

Sam Bearfoot, who blogs and broadcasts on UK Health Radio as The Digestion Detective, wrote last week to say how much she enjoyed The IBS Network’s 25th Anniversary Event, ‘IBS, … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

IBS: The Patients’ Perspective

‘Illness is a language, the body is representation and medicine is a political practice.’    Bryan S. Turner, The Body and Society.  The Irritable Bowel Syndrome is still regarded by … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

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