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I've suffered with IBS for over 10 years. It's evolved from IBS c to d. Last year the nausea symptoms really kicked off. I lost a stone as I was vomiting anything I was putting into my stomach. Even water. Having had an endoscopy a few years previous and told it's just IBS and to live with it I was nervous about going back to the doctors. However I did and had the full range of tests; bloods, stools, colonoscopy, gastroscopy, lactose intolerance, bile re-absorption etc etc. my gastroenterologist has officially diagnosed me as IBS d.
I have all the symptoms, the full array of the Bristol stool chart in one day, constant cramping and pain, constant bloating ---> lots of wind (both ends). All the classics. But the one that get's me the most and leaves me unable to do a single thing is the nausea and vomiting. Sometimes this affects me everyday, sometimes it'll affect me once a week. I was on Domperidome (currently swapped to Ondansetran due to being put on Amitriptyline - for gut reasons (low dosage) - will be going back to it soon. Which is really great, and has helped massively. But I do still suffer.
During a flare up it often starts as cramps in my gut then waves of nausea in my stomach. Which deepen quickly and usually ends in me vomiting. which does help, but obviously you don't want to be vomiting everyday. Whilst this is all happening I develop a temperature, i feel light headed and extremely exhausted. I cannot do anything, I have to lie down/be sick. Which obviously on a daily basis at work is impossible, as is taking time off. If I take a tablet this usually eases after an hour. I will still feel nauseous and unable to eat, exhausted and my stomach is tender, I struggle to walk as each step pulses waves of nausea and my stomach is so clenched and have zero strength. The only thing that helps is sleep, rest and water.
If this happened once a month I'd be able to cope with it, but when it's almost everyday it's crippling me. I work as a freelancer so taking days off means I don't get paid but also struggling with this means I don't get re-employed because there are physically fit people who are actually capable of completing a working day.
Just wondering if anyone else suffers this symptom as it seems rarer than the others and if they have any remedies?
Please note I take mebeverine, paracetamol on a daily basis. Colpermin, Imodium when needed.
I take probiotics everyday and have done a lot of tests with my diet (fodmap, lactose and gluten) - of course there are triggers but these symptoms go well beyond food as I can eat a banana and throw it up.
Naturally tiredness and anxiety hugely affect it.
Any tips and hints would be much appreciated.
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