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Have you given up hope of ever getting your IBS symptoms of pain, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrohea resolved? Do you feel as though this is your life, that IBS is something you have to just live with?
In this post and in the video below I’m sharing my own personal IBS story, and how I was able to stop IBS symptoms together with the frustration and confusion after over a decade of suffering.
My hope is that my story inspires you to believe that this is possible for you too.
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Now if you’ve ever been told that there is nothing that can be done about your IBS and you just have to “live” with your symptoms for the rest of your life, then by the end of this post I want you to feel inspired to believe that IBS is definitely not a life sentence and you can absolutely regain control of your bowel.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I share lots of valuable information and resources on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but you might not know why.
With over 20 years of expertise in wellness coaching and clinical hypnotherapy, I could help many people with many different health problems, but I choose to work with people who have IBS because I’ve been there. I’ve been through the struggle, the pain, and the frustration firsthand.
When I was just 15 I experienced my first IBS attack. Crippling pain, bent over double in absolute agony and feeling like I was unable to breathe.
At the time I was at a friend’s birthday party, a party I had been looking forward to for weeks. And here I was in a blur of pain with only one thought on my mind – I have to get home.
After that initial IBS episode of severe pain I began to experience attacks more frequently. It felt as though someone was squeezing out my intestines and wringing them out from the inside.
The pain would last for hours, sometimes a full 24 hours, and afterward I would feel as though someone had used my stomach as a punching bag – it felt extremely sore and tender.
After experiencing several of these excruciating stomach aches my parents finally took me to the doctors where after several tests came back as “normal”, told me I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They told me that these painful spasms inside of my gut had likely been brought on by emotional stress – a combination of exam stress at school and the divorce my parents were going through.
I remember sitting there listening to the doctor and not fully understanding what he was saying. What was IBS? What did he mean there was nothing I could do about it?
When I got up to leave he handed me a prescription for peppermint capsules and told me to take them an hour before having anything to eat to help relieve the pain and bloating.
And off I went.
As the weeks and months went on my gut became more and more reactive. Foods that I had previously eaten were now causing extreme pain and bloating. Fatigue was also now creeping in and I just felt terrible all the time.
The peppermint capsules I had been told to take barely did anything to help, and having to plan out when I told them meant spontaneous meals out were a thing of the past.
I remember thinking, how is this my life? It just didn’t feel fair. Perhaps you’ve felt this way too?
When I neared the end of University in my early 20s things continued to get worse. The extreme bloating, the pain, and inconsistent bowel movements. When I started to see sizeable amounts of mucus in the toilet bowl I knew my gut was miserably unhappy but I had no clue about what to do about it.
And those symptoms affected my sleep, my social life and my confidence. I got stomach pains if I ate, I got them if I didn’t eat and nothing seemed to help.
And every time I went to the doctor I was always told the same thing… it’s just IBS and there’s nothing we can do.
But after years of debilitating symptoms I refused to accept the IBS label any longer. That decision marked the beginning of a whole new chapter of my life.
From then on I read everything I could about IBS and started to understand what was really going inside my gut. I started to put two and two together with what gluten was doing to my body and the extreme fatigue I felt after eating it.
I was tested for celiac with an endoscopy and after 8 biopsies came back negative, I was told by the gastroenterologist that they had no idea what was causing my symptoms or why gluten affected me so badly.
But their advice was simple, just stop eating it.
Easier said than done right? Now if that was the best advice I was going to get from the medical profession I thought, then it’s time to take control of this myself.
So in addition to removing gluten from my diet, I also started to look at foods I was eating in more detail, how I was handling my stress and the lifestyle choices I was making.
I went through many months of trial and error, confusion and frustration.
I remember my first gluten free cooking creations and looking back I have to laugh, they were a disaster! But I kept on experimenting and putting into practice everything I was learning, including how I dealt with emotional stress which in the past would nearly always send my stomach into severe spasm.
And slowly but surely my brain fog began to lift, my energy levels started to return and no longer would I just want to sleep all day. The bloating in my stomach started to reduce and painful spasms became a thing of the past. No more mucus in my stools. My gut became calm. My bowel movements regular and pain free.
Why did it happen to me and not someone else?
How do I make sure those IBS symptoms didn’t come back?
What could do to keep on feeling better and better and take control of my health?
Those questions lead me to my training in clinical hypnotherapy and wellness coaching, becoming specialised in gut directed hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for IBS.
It was then that everything suddenly made sense and it not only gave me the answers I had been looking for, but also gave me a solid roadmap to help others regain control of their IBS symptoms too.
So I want you to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I hope that by sharing my story you’ll stop believing there is nothing you can do, or you’ll always experience IBS symptoms because that is simply not true.
But I’m not going to lie, going through so much trial and error was hard. And I know how frustrating it can be when you don’t know where to start or what to do. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
So if you tired of struggling with IBS symptoms alone and you want to learn more about a system and an approach which is recommended to get IBS under control once for even moderate to severe causes of IBS, then you may want to learn more about how I work with my clients and about my IBS program – The Calm Gut Method.
I would also love to invite you to my free facebook group where you get to ask your questions and get advice from myself on your IBS. You can join that group by clicking here.
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Remember, it’s time you started living your life on your terms – not your bowels!
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Jayne Corner is a gut directed hypnotherapist and gut health coach helping you get long lasting relief from your IBS symptoms without restrictive diets or medication, even if you've been suffering for decades.
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