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I have had stomach problems since around June/July that came around once lockdown had ended. I get bloated and feel very full, particularly when I'm out in town which is quite peculiar. I've recently got more gurgling and stomach aches as well as tightness and stiff poo (lol) I have spoken with my GP and got told it was most likely ibs. But the constant fear I've built around going out and eating has made me feel quite depressed and trapped. Has anyone else suffered from anything like this? Or have any ideas about coping with IBS like symptoms? I have been told the increase in going out might be anxiety-related?

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(Original post by Anonymous)
I have had stomach problems since around June/July that came around once lockdown had ended. I get bloated and feel very full, particularly when I'm out in town which is quite peculiar. I've recently got more gurgling and stomach aches as well as tightness and stiff poo (lol) I have spoken with my GP and got told it was most likely ibs. But the constant fear I've built around going out and eating has made me feel quite depressed and trapped. Has anyone else suffered from anything like this? Or have any ideas about coping with IBS like symptoms? I have been told the increase in going out might be anxiety-related?

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I have also been feeling hungry at more irregular times as well? I have bad intrusive thoughts that tell me I have cancer or something and it really scares me
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My IBS started around gcse exams and persisted afterwards whenever i got stressed. A low fodmap diet helped me personally and it might help you aswell. try it out.
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My IBS started around gcse exams and persisted afterwards whenever i got stressed. A low fodmap diet helped me personally and it might help you aswell. try it out.
I have researched into it as I believe I am having a flare atm symptoms that went for around 2 months and are now back out of the blue. I am only worried about not wanting to restrict the food my family eats as I don't want to seem like a pain!
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i have IBD so not the same (IBD has more severe symptoms) but i can relate to having anxiety about going out/eating. illnesses like IBS and IBD can cause pretty bad anxiety as our society finds things like discussing toilet habits “improper” even though its like our whole lives lol. my best advice is to find some kind of online forum/support group, it really helps with feeling less alone and decreases anxiety. I found a great one for IBD on facebook and it helps me feel more normal.

before i was diagnosed i also had intrusive thoughts and thought i had cancer, i was pretty dramatic tbh i genuinely thought i was dying because my pain was so bad. getting diagnosed helped me quiet those thoughts though. have you had a proper diagnosis?
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i have IBD so not the same (IBD has more severe symptoms) but i can relate to having anxiety about going out/eating. illnesses like IBS and IBD can cause pretty bad anxiety as our society finds things like discussing toilet habits “improper” even though its like our whole lives lol. my best advice is to find some kind of online forum/support group, it really helps with feeling less alone and decreases anxiety. I found a great one for IBD on facebook and it helps me feel more normal.

before i was diagnosed i also had intrusive thoughts and thought i had cancer, i was pretty dramatic tbh i genuinely thought i was dying because my pain was so bad. getting diagnosed helped me quiet those thoughts though. have you had a proper diagnosis?
I suppose I have not had a proper diagnosis. Because of covid, I was unable to be seen in person so it was just a phone consultation, however, my doctor said that I should come back for blood tests to check for intolerances/celiac if my symptoms continued, I think I will do this as they have! As it was not an urgent case it has been hard to get proper consultation, and my mum is a doctor which complicates it even more as she can downplay us a bit, though she does care a lot. I think my heavy period may be causing worse pain atm but we will see... :/
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I have researched into it as I believe I am having a flare atm symptoms that went for around 2 months and are now back out of the blue. I am only worried about not wanting to restrict the food my family eats as I don't want to seem like a pain!
You dont have to restrict the food your family eats necessarily. I created a food diary to help me figure out if there were any foods that trigered my IBS and cut down on the amount of those I consumed. I would look at the positives, this is a great opportunity to learn how to cook.
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You dont have to restrict the food your family eats necessarily. I created a food diary to help me figure out if there were any foods that trigered my IBS and cut down on the amount of those I consumed. I would look at the positives, this is a great opportunity to learn how to cook.
thanks for the advice!
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I have had stomach problems since around June/July that came around once lockdown had ended. I get bloated and feel very full, particularly when I'm out in town which is quite peculiar. I've recently got more gurgling and stomach aches as well as tightness and stiff poo (lol) I have spoken with my GP and got told it was most likely ibs. But the constant fear I've built around going out and eating has made me feel quite depressed and trapped. Has anyone else suffered from anything like this? Or have any ideas about coping with IBS like symptoms? I have been told the increase in going out might be anxiety-related?

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A syndrome is a collection of symptoms that can't be attributed to a specific condition; they can't test for IBS and, in the absence of anything else particular, that could be the diagnosis.

A lot of people suggest a FODMAP diet for IBS, which is eating foods low in a particular type of carbohydrate. It really needs specialist advice to make sure you are eating healthily. I looked at this, but I was ok eating the foods on the 'try to avoid' list and can't eat some on the 'good' list.

My GP suggested trying a food combining diet for my IBS, and it made a massive difference from being doubled up with pain and regularly dashing to the loo. He said to get the book The Harcombe Diet, ignore all the guff in the first half and go straight for the eating plan. You need to read up for the details, but basically, it's low salt, low sugar, avoid processed food and eat food groups together that are easy to digest, eg carbs and veg, protein and veg, and fruit before or between meals. After ten days I felt much better, and still stick to it closely now; I still have the odd off days, but overall my symptoms have never been as consistently bad as the early months.

If you are diagnosed with IBS, look at tablets that can relieve the symptoms if they flare up. Buscopan works for me, Colpermin doesn't. I also had tablets for acid reflux for a while, which can be a result of IBS. Stress can exacerbate IBS, too.
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A syndrome is a collection of symptoms that can't be attributed to a specific condition; they can't test for IBS and, in the absence of anything else particular, that could be the diagnosis.

A lot of people suggest a FODMAP diet for IBS, which is eating foods low in a particular type of carbohydrate. It really needs specialist advice to make sure you are eating healthily. I looked at this, but I was ok eating the foods on the 'try to avoid' list and can't eat some on the 'good' list.

My GP suggested trying a food combining diet for my IBS, and it made a massive difference from being doubled up with pain and regularly dashing to the loo. He said to get the book The Harcombe Diet, ignore all the guff in the first half and go straight for the eating plan. You need to read up for the details, but basically, it's low salt, low sugar, avoid processed food and eat food groups together that are easy to digest, eg carbs and veg, protein and veg, and fruit before or between meals. After ten days I felt much better, and still stick to it closely now; I still have the odd off days, but overall my symptoms have never been as consistently bad as the early months.

If you are diagnosed with IBS, look at tablets that can relieve the symptoms if they flare up. Buscopan works for me, Colpermin doesn't. I also had tablets for acid reflux for a while, which can be a result of IBS. Stress can exacerbate IBS, too.
I have been under a lot of stress recently and it seems like stressing about ibs has made it even worse. It's been a hard thing to grasp but I'm starting to realize it's not the end of the world ahaha. I have tried using peppermint tablets that seem to work for short periods of time in relieving pain and indigestion etc... might talk with my mum about going back to the doctors to confirm the diagnosis and get some medication if possible. I have been looking into the different diets and think I will start making my own lunches as my school food is very limited and starchy/unhealthy (probably undercooked as well lmao) Hope you are in good health yourself
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