So this is my first post on this site. Looking for advice etc I guess...
I've (26/m) been suffering with IBS-D (or at least, self diagnosed) for my entire adult life. From what I can work out it's a 50/50 cause of "stress" and "no real reason". It ranges between having softer-than-average movements a couple times a day (as opposed to when I'm not in flare-up when it's what the average person might consider normal), to having a few hours where I make frequent visits over a few days, to having one day where I seem to spend more time on the toilet than off. Varying degrees of "vague" abdominal pain (
location and type can be left or right side, stabby or crampy or just feeling like my innards have decided to flop over one another and get hooked on a lower rib?).
Today's one of the worst times I've experienced EVER. And for the first time ever have had to call in to work because although I know fully well it's not contagious, working in a supermarket on a checkout is not compatible with a day when I have frequent visits to empty my guts
Not to mention today's pain can be considered distracting - a sharp poke in the tummy every time I shift position slightly.
I've mentioned IBS to my GP in the past when I was undergoing treatment for suspected stomach ulcer (which healed after a couple of months on omeprazol) and was told to just take probiotics to stop it :/ I dunno if it was just me, but the pain I had after taking them seemed on par with bad IBS pain, and nothing happened in the way of the miracle cure the doctor promised.
I've checked my diet and don't seem to have any food allergies myself - although there is a history of both Coeliac and lactose intolerance in 2 of my sisters - and as I said sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason for an attack.
Loperamide will *generally* calm some of the visits down so that I don't go as often, or at the very least don't end up feeling as if my internal organs are falling into the toilet. Still end up feeling red raw from combination of bile/wiping etc though
And Buscopan occasionally helps. Peppermint tea and other "traditional" remedies for squiffy bellies tends to be minimally effective.
Today I've taken 5 of the "recommended maximum" of 6 x 2mg loperamide, still feel like I need to go but know for a fact I am "empty" so now the fun cramps begin trying to push out non-existent stuff.
Just don't know where to go from here. GP is of the opinion it has to be "just put up with". But as I can see it is getting worse over time, I don't know what to do. Being a naturally anxious person (something else I've dealt with off/on over the years occasionally with a course of pills and sometimes just with mindfulness techniques) it seems the more I worry about
it all the worse I'm making myself.