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How to Persevere with Finding a Solution

How to Persevere with Finding a Solution

I now understand that there are so many factors that make my IBS symptoms better or worse, but in the beginning I believed that there was one perfect thing that would make it all better.

For a long time, I wrestled with fact that there was no single cure for this condition. I was sure that if I could just make one change to my life or diet, my symptoms would magically disappear! No more bloating, no more pain, no more flatulence, no more constipation, no more diarrhea! Goodbye, see you later, I’m cured! But when I couldn’t find that thing, I just wanted to give up and put up with the symptoms.

However, the digestive system is a complex living organism all of its own. It’s affected by what you eat, what you drink, how much sleep you get, what medication, drugs or alcohol you take, how stressed you are, how much exercise you do. Everything affects it because what goes into our digestive system to be broken down and absorbed is used to create the cells that make up our body and there is no easy fix.

The frustration of feeling better one day, but worse the next brought me to tears on many occasions. I would eat something one week and be fine, then eat the same thing the next week and feel awful. I found myself going from one practitioner to another, trying different natural health therapies, avoiding different foods, trying new supplements, trying new activities, the list continued but the issues were never resolved.

Eventually after many months and years of work and experimentation I reached a point where my digestive system was in good shape and I could manage my trigger foods and trigger situations.

But how did I get there when I wanted to give up? There were a number of things that really helped, including:

  • Acknowledging that the journey to a symptom free (or symptom managed) life will take time
  • Acknowledging that the journey would require dedication and sacrifices
  • Treating each day as one new step towards wellness
  • Seeking advice, information and support from practitioners, books, websites and social media
  • Acknowledging that if what I was doing wasn’t working, then it was time to try something new
  • Realizing that if I was frustrated, upset or lost, that the quickest way to start feeling better was to talk to someone about it
  • Realizing that I was not alone and that there were so many other people in the world experiencing this condition
  • I learnt that even though I just wanted to give up, I couldn’t, because every time I experienced digestive symptoms it was reminder that I hadn’t figured out the puzzle just yet. Along the way I was reminded about how incredible the human body is and how it changes all the time. You may feel like giving up and just living with it, but remember gut health is one of the hottest topics in the health world and there are new discoveries all the time.

    So hang in there, you’ve got this.

    This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • monetwinters
    2 years ago

    I finally am dealing with the fact that I have IBS. Make the lifestyle change is killing me. It’s so hard to give up foods and other things I love

  • Chris Hall moderator
    2 years ago

    We hear you, @monetwinters. It can be so hard to switch lifestyles, but we’re pulling for you! Give yourself grace and take it slow. We’re here to support you through it! You got this! – Chris, Team Member

  • peg215
    2 years ago

    If IBS is a teacher, it is a really cruel one. My body is worn out, my mind is overwhelmed, and I’ve he’d enough. I’m firing my teacher!

  • Hannah Noonan moderator author
    2 years ago

    Yes! I know what you mean Peg215, sometimes I feel like firing my IBS or giving it the sack! – Hannah ( Team)

  • HessP moderator
    3 years ago

    Awesome article! I, too, have the same mentality every time I experience IBS symptoms; the puzzle hasn’t been solved yet! IBS is like an annoying teacher that likes to pick on you, but it’s still a teacher nonetheless. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hannah Noonan moderator author
    3 years ago

    IBS sure is a teacher Hess! It’s still an ongoing process for me too and it’s great to be part of a supportive community like this one.

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