For any new readers tuning in, I would like to share my story of IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common condition but one that is not curable. I have suffered with this for about 8 years. It became a way of life for me and sometimes I just put my extreme symptoms down to IBS, even when prescribed medicines wouldn’t work such as muscle relaxants, supplements etc. Over the years it became progressively worse and I was at the end of my tether. Symptoms such as extreme daily bloating (looking 6 months pregnant is not fun!) Pain of inflammation which would affect my pelvis and bladder were draining me. Especially when bad bacteria from the gut would seek into my pelvic organs and urinary tract, this would call for strong antibiotics. Along with all this I tried to lead a balanced diet to help things but I would suffer from extreme fatigue after eating and most times I would need a nap, or if in work I would have to gulp down the coffee to keep me going, even though that was a no go for my IBS and made me nauseous as hell.
One day when I was having a severe attack and thought what else could I do but just go on suffering, I saw a post from The IBS Network on Twitter. Channel 5 were looking for people with tummy troubles where no amount of medication would work on helping their condition. They wanted people to participate in their new medical documentary series. So on a whim I applied. Low and behold after a Skype interview I got accepted onto the program. I shall be doing a blog post with a link once aired. Long and the short of it was that I saw a private specialist in Harley Street in London through the show. I had numerous tests done that my local doctor had never carried out and it turned out I had a lot of nasties inside me. I don’t want to go into too much detail but but they discovered I was Gluten intolerant. I wasn’t allergic to wheat and I wasn’t Celiac, but my body was battling with an intolerance.So this meant change was needed.
I have always been a huge lover of bread and pastas etc… So the search for the best free from products began! Asda had an extensive range of Gluten Free products. The pasta was particularly delightful. Bread not so much, except for the pitta breads they were nice. Even Gluten Free pizza bases I found weren’t entirely grim! When working in Monmouth I popped into Budgens, and found they had a Gluten Free range called Lucy’s. It was like it was meant to be!
It was nice to find that some of my favorite dishes I made like my King Prawn Spaghetti were still edible! Spaghetti, King Prawns cooked in a pan with Garlic, chill flakes and a tonne of Parsley poured into the cooked pasta, drizzled with some olive oil and hey presto!
Stay tuned for my TV debut and more insight into my insides! In the meantime if you suffer from IBS, don’t suffer in silence. Visit the IBS Network for support https://www.theibsnetwork.org/