Updated: Jul 2
It is said one in five Australians, mostly women, suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
At the age of nineteen, for the first time in my life, I started struggling with severe digestion issues.
Most of my friends probably remember me complaining about my food intolerances, severe bloating, pain, bowel talk and mostly, my annoying meal ordering.
It completely consumed my life.
I saw what felt like endless doctors, specialists, practitioners, healers and “experts”.
The doctors and specialists couldn’t seem to find anything wrong with me and I was told “It’s in your head”, “You just have IBS” and “You can’t do anything to fix IBS”.
If you have never heard of IBS before, lucky you!
Irritable Bowel Sydnrome is described as a group of symptoms from abdominal discomfort, bloating, flatulence, constipation and/or diarrhoea, to name a few.
The cause is usually unknown and there are no medical tests to confirm you actually have IBS, just medical tests that rule other conditions out.
So unfortunately the IBS diagnosis seems to be the answer, when they don’t have an answer.
While other practitioners had good intentions or were on the right path for helping with my gut problems, many of them had me coming back, time after time, spending small fortunes, giving me a few vitamins here, one herb there and a few more supplements the next.
Yet nothing was really getting me anywhere or fixing the cause.
For me, I knew it wasn’t just in my head and that it was much more than this so called
IBS everyone seems to get categorised in.
Every time I spoke to another fellow “IBS” sufferer, we all had completely different symptoms.
It didn’t make much sense to me.
After many years of torture, spending lots of money, doing many tests and trying a lot of treatments, I finally found a practitioner that not only listened to me but gave me answers AND started the healing process.
Ten years on, that sick young girl no longer has "IBS", has fixed her intolerances, changed her gut microbiome, is feeling healthier than ever before and knows so much more about the human body, something we should, but don’t learn enough about in school.
I also decided that I wanted to help people, just like someone had helped me. I now run my own little practice helping people with their health issues, especially gut issues. I love it!
I really believe that most of the time there is a reason for what you are feeling and there is always something you can do about your IBS, your gut issues and your health.
You just haven’t found the cause or the cure yet.
If you are not happy with the answers you are getting about your IBS or any health issue for that matter, go get another opinion.
It’s your health, it’s your life, it’s important.