Post Infection IBS???

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So, I was diagnosed 12 years ago with IBS while going through some personal stresses, now at 29 years old, I 4 months ago had a bad bacterial infection, I had Ultra sound and blood tests to diagose this, nothing worse happening and before the infection I was fine, not a problem in sight....

Now, since the infection, I have suffered daily with stomach discomfort and infrequent and different bowel movements...mostly constipated and ribbon stools which I know is common with IBS....

The stomach discomfort is mild but annoying and has caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety of thinking 'what if?' now, I have been to the doctors many times, they did more blood tests, checked my symptoms and confirmed that there is nothing serious wrong with me, that IBs and anxiety seems to be causing these discomforts, I want to add the discomfort lasts pretty much morning till night, occasionaly I dont feel it at all, good days bad days....since I also had endoscopy which showed nothing wrong with my stomach....the discomfort being mostly upper central abdoman..

I am working on a Fodmap diet and working on reducing my stress but keep asking myself about the discomforts....yes if it was occasional,I could better accept IBS as the cause as my doctor is with no doubt that I have nothing serious wrong with me...the endoscopy was for my own mind to help me confirm its not stomach cancer....and I am happy to accept it but my symtpoms dont go away and my fears are still there...

Post Infectious IBS seems the most likely cause, as I understand the symptoms can be present everyday, all day for many years until it clears up....??? 

Anyone have any advice here? feel like I need fellow strugglers advice here and some infor about PI-IBS, maybe that others have struggled in the past every day all day for longer than the current 4 months period I have gone through?

 

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    Hi,

     Sorry u are suffering from IBS. It's great to keep a journal of the foods you eat. Slowly add different foods to UR diet to nail down the ones that cause problems.

    I could never eat out. The many things restaurants put in foods u have no control over.

    I keep a food diary. I can't eat fried foods. Many fried food in restaurants use rancid stale unhealthy oils. I fry at home in avacado, olive or coconut oil with no digestive issues.

    I also have a list of foods that bother me I have learned thru the years. Everyone is different. There is no one size fits all menthod.

    The biggest thing that helped me the most was eating yogurt which has live good bacteria cultures for the gut. This help balance out the good guys from the bad guys.

    Stay away from sugars replace with substitutes. That was another biggie for me. 

    Working on the food map and reducing stress will help you a great deal. Stay away from alcohol especially can cause irritation even one glass of wine can send me rallying to the nearest WC. 

    You can also purchase pro biotics of many different types. Yet yogurt is live cultures and the best in my case. 

    Hope u can get UR tummy better soon.

    Kind Regards

    HOPE4 CUREconfused

     

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    I have no experience of IBS myself but I know a few pople who have it and know that it is manageable.

    Sorry if that is not much help to you right now, but try and stay positive.

    Doctor would have picked up on anything serious.

    Best of luck. Sarah

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    Hi g,

    Just checking in on you. How r u doing?

    i hope to her you doing better.

     

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      Hi,

      Well, I am doing my best to manage my symptoms, as I understand PI-IBS can be causing symptoms constantly for many years and its about being patient and accepting the it is only IBS and nothing more sinister.... but I am doing better mentally, as of course symptoms can feel scary, I accept it is just IBS. I went through many tests, full blood count, ultrasound scan and endoscopy and my doctor was more than certain that after all results, there is nothing physically wrong with my stomach that should give me concern...and it is definetley nothing sinister....although IBS can give that impression when I let my stress continue to produce symptoms...

      On the positive side, I have become much more healthy as a result, eating better, working out more and focusing more on finding better, healthy food and meals, so in that respect, once the symptoms do cease, I will be in a great position at 29 years old, been given the all clear from doctors and tests that I am physically safe and nothing is wrong with my body that I can live life in a healthy and positive way!

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