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
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
IBS and Dementia
And just when you thought things could not get any worse, a study was published last week showing that having IBS could cause you to be more at risk from … Continue reading
Is your life with IBS intolerable? So tell us your story.
Tracey wrote to me the other day. You asked me to tell you what my life with IBS was like. Well, I am thirty nine years old and have had … Continue reading
IBS: let’s change the model.
The practice of medicine still operates on a model that was developed early in the last century. First establish the diagnosis, then identify the cause and finally apply the treatment. … Continue reading
Health anxiety and morbid thoughts; the trap of IBS.
‘What life is it if you are constantly afraid of dying?’ I asked Tom. He had been coming to see me for years, always with a new set of symptoms: … Continue reading
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
Is your doctor or your dietitian keeping you in IBS?
He shuffled in, sat down heavily and fixed me with a watery stare. ‘You know them pills you gave me last time, doc?’ He sucked in his breath noisily and … Continue reading
Sex and The Irritable Bowel
‘My IBS seems to flare up after I have had intercourse. It has put me off the whole idea of sex. How can I deal with this?’ Sex and food … Continue reading
IBS. What’s in a Name?
When The Queen successfully discovered the name of the manipulative goblin, Rumplestiltskin, she was instantly relieved of her promise to give him her first born child. Naming a thing gives … Continue reading