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IBS: I'm never far from the toilet

MERYL HENRY-SCHOU
Last updated 10:30 05/06/2014
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GUT FEELINGS: Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be very difficult.

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Living with food sensitivities and Irritable Bowel Syndrome is very hard.

I'm always trying to be near a toilet and carrying changes of clothing. It limits where I go and what I do.

Eating out can be a nightmare, I always carry a list of foods that I cannot eat but trying to get a meal that I can eat is a challenge.

I once went to a local cafe and asked if they could check the margarine to see if it was dairy free and the lady behind the counter replied "all our sandwiches have egg in them". I gave up and walked out in disgust.

Work trips away are difficult as cafes just don't care. McDonalds and other fast food options are not suitable either. Dairy is added to so many processed foods and then added to other foods I cannot eat and there's not much left.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about how I could cure myself, from drinking castor oil every day to colonic cleanses. The list is endless.

The pain and diarrhea that I have to put up with if I eat something that I shouldn't is not pleasant. Sometimes if I eat foods that I am sensitive to I end up in the hospital emergency department itching from head to foot.

Doctors ask "what did you eat that set you off?" but sometimes I just can't pinpoint the cause.

I also have sensitivities to chemicals and perfumes so some shops I can't even go into. Trying to explain to others is not easy. Allergy specialists are few and far between and the waiting list is horrendous.

Homeopathic remedies work best and so does a strict diet avoiding foods that I know I am sensitive to but new foods pop up from time to time. It's a challenge every day.


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