Anxiety and IBS

I have a tendency to have Irritable bowl flare ups. Bloating and uncomfortable Bowls seem to happen when I’m anxious and stressed. Sure enough last few days have been stressful with sick children ( the vomit was plentiful! Damn norovirus) I’m also a worrier, I worry about small things as well as big things- I guess this goes hand in hand with anxiety. I’ve been struggling to sleep lately too, so you can imagine I’m a bit hot headed at the moment.

IBS is painful, the bowl spasms and the odd bowel movements, diarrhoea or constipation (or both!) can occur, nausea and pain. The pain can be awful, today I’ve had IBS flare up and the anti-spasmodic tablets I take (buscopan) have not really done anything, basically I think I just need either burp or do a massive fart!

IBS is common with people with mental health disorders, the link isn’t know why but it can be down to serotonin levels being low causing the bowels to spasm. Basically IBS is a disorder that no one knows what it is and what causes it. Those of us who suffer with mental health have 90% chance of experiencing IBS at some point. That’s poop right ( pun intended) .

I’ve being ruled out for Inflammatory Bowel disease ( I’ve had a pipe up my backside-the dignity of it all ) I did have a large nodule removed 3 months ago off my bowel but that was unrelated ( endometriosis) to IBS. I’m sluggish in myself too today and been feeling a little down in the dumps- being tired is adding to this too. I’m sure a good night sleep will help. Insomnia is a bitch! Lets hope for a better day tomorrow.

Karina ❤️

Author: karinao86

Mother of 3 boys, wife to one man and lover of horses. Mental health sufferer in recovery.

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