The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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 · 10 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

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

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

November 26, 2015 · 5 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

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

November 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

November 11, 2015 · 21 Comments

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

November 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

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