So this year I want to start blogging about more of a variety of things, and so when I was contacted by Buscopan‘s PR team asking if I’d like to work on a post about my IBS, I decided now is the time to be brave and talk about it.
So, I have IBS. It’s a bowel condition that can cause diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pains and bloating. It’s not glamorous and it’s not something that’s discussed much-I think because we feel that people don’t want to hear about our toilet habits. But it’s not something I should be ashamed of or that I should feel I can’t tell people about.
I have good days and bad days. I’m never completely normal-I never feel like my digestive system is working properly, and I’m often slightly bloated. Every couple of months I get really bad stomach pains-luckily for me it’s usually at night time, which means I can at least curl up in bed and have a little cry. Sometimes I am so bloated I look pregnant-not great. Diet can affect IBS, lots of fatty food can be a trigger as can, for some people, a lot of fruit and veg, or even certain foods. For me, stress is my main trigger. If I’m really upset or really anxious my stomach pains are worse, I sometimes can’t manage to go to the loo for a few days which also doesn’t help the pain. I have anxiety, which definitely affects my IBS-if I’ve had a panic attack or I’m really on edge I suffer.
I have things I can do to help myself cope. Sipping Peppermint Tea can help to ease bloating and stomach pains. I sometimes take Peppermint Oil Capsules which do the same thing. And I find it’s very important to take the time to relax, to just sit and be, without having anything to do. Difficult when I run this blog, work full time, do Pole Fitness 4 nights a week, and I’m trying to establish a Small Photography Business too-but Buscopan kindly sent me a hamper to help. There’s an adult colouring book, pencil crayons with my name on, a White Company candle, and a lovely canvas bag I can use to carry it all around in. I’ll be spending many a happy hour burning that candle and reading, that’s for sure.
If my IBS is really bad I nap, or I lay in bed and listen to music. I sometimes go for a gentle walk, or do my nails. Blogging can help take my mind off it too.
Do you know anything about IBS? Is it something you’d feel comfortable talking about?
*This post was written in conjunction with Buscopan, who sent me a hamper in return for me talking about my IBS. All words and opinions are my own.