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On the left, a woman stands in socked feet, holding her stomach in pain. On the right, the same woman skates away on roller skates, giving her other self the "peace out" hand signal.

My IBS is Gone – Goodbye IBS!

My IBS is gone and it looks like it’s gone for good! I feel incredibly lucky and privileged that I no longer have IBS and it really has changed my life.

My IBS diagnosis

It is widely accepted that there is no cure for IBS and that IBS treatment aims to manage symptoms. This makes me wonder whether I actually ever had IBS. Perhaps I was misdiagnosed or perhaps IBS is much more complicated than the experts think.

When I was diagnosed I had been experiencing the common symptoms of constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain and sometimes diarrhea with no known medical cause. My doctor told me that it was probably just IBS and that it should be treated as such.

The impact of IBS

If you are reading this, then you likely know the impact IBS symptoms have on your life. It affected my work, what I ate, my moods, where I went out to eat or socialize, what exercise I was able to do, where I could go on vacation. It also affected what clothes I wore and my relationships with others. Practically every aspect of my life was affected by IBS and I hated it. So many times I was reduced to tears and so desperately hoped for a way out.

IBS treatments

So I delved deeply into researching IBS and looking for treatment options that were not the traditional prescription medications. It was my doctor that first recommended that I try the low FODMAP diet and it made such a difference to my symptoms. Over the years I also tried meditation, managing stress, yoga, Maya abdominal massage, the Whole 30, the paleo diet, Epsom salt baths, and the list goes on!

My SIBO/IBS turning point

The thing that made the major difference to my symptoms, was a treatment for SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). It has been a couple of years since I was treated for SIBO and I haven’t had a relapse since. In fact, these days I can eat what I want to and live my life normally without worrying about whether my symptoms would flare up. Sure, sometimes I get symptoms but no more than the average person and definitely not enough to have an impact on my day to day life.

What’s next?

I know that for many people, IBS will be lifelong. I know that many of you will have to constantly manage your symptoms and adapt to life with IBS. However, I hope that by reading this and hearing some positive stories, you will have hope that maybe one day your IBS will be gone too. Hopefully, we will see more research done into what causes IBS symptoms and how to manage it. I really hope that more medical professionals are taught, and become aware of, the less conventional treatment options because it would make such a difference to so many people, and the world. Imagine what the world would look like if IBS wasn’t something that people just had to live with!

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Comments

  • TylerTum
    2 weeks ago

    You said your IBS was cured but then said maybe it wasn’t IBS afterall and was SIBO. I feel like this is a contradictory article and could give people a false sense of hope. If the point of the article is that SIBO is misdiagnosed as IBS and theres data that this situation may be common for people other than yourself, then speak to that. Plus, in general it lacks specificity to any treatment method that gave you those results. As a website you need to do a better job of providing useful information to your readers that desperately want solutions, not vague success stories.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 week ago

    Thanks for your feedback, @tylertum. It’s certainly not our aim to cause any confusion. The articles we publish here are the thoughts and experiences of the writers, and we do not alter their stories. If you read Hannah’s other articles about SIBO, she mentions that she was initially treated for IBS. Many folks in the community have spoken to the challenge of getting a proper diagnosis, and I thought this study from the NIH might be of interest to you: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495893/

    Additionally, as each person’s IBS is different, and each person responds differently to various treatment options, we cannot provide medical or treatment advice for the safety of the community. We encourage community members to speak with their doctor to discuss any possible treatment options. Again, I appreciate your feedback! Take care. – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net

  • Chris Hall moderator
    2 weeks ago

    For those of you wondering about Hannah’s treatment experience, you can check out her article here: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/sibo-treatment-cured-my-ibs/. It’s important to note that folks should be working with their doctor to determine the best treatment path. Not all treatments work the same for each person. Take care! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • laurenibs
    2 weeks ago

    Please share what treatment worked for you.
    Thanks

  • seebabsrun
    2 weeks ago

    She was treated for SIBO. Possibly rifaximin?

  • Slerma
    2 weeks ago

    Hello Hannah, My question is the same as ozziecookie. What was the treatement?????? Please respond!!

  • ozziecookie
    2 weeks ago

    What was the treatment?

  • @Roxzilla_
    2 weeks ago

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you 🙂 You give me hope that maybe one day mine will be gone too! Until then, I will keep trying to stay as positive as possible and keep fighting the good fight.

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