Psalm 119:76 – May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
Do you suffer from bouts of constipation, diarrhea or both? These and intense stomachaches with bloating, gas and pain are symptoms of Irritable Bowel (IBS).
IBS doesn’t just come into your home with physical symptoms, it also can bring with it emotional distress.
Irritable bowel can come on at any time and the person suffering from it may have a bout of diarrhea no matter where they are. It can be embarrassing when you must excuse yourself and quickly find a bathroom.
Constipation’s side of the story can bring gas with it while you’re at a friend’s home or out shopping. Being embarrassed when you can’t hold your gas is an understatement.
Irritable bowel is difficult to diagnose. Many of its symptoms can point in the direction of other ailments. I found out I had IBS after a colonoscopy that put me in the hospital for more pain than I should’ve experienced after the procedure.
IBS varies from person-to-person. Some only have diarhea or constipation. Others, like myself, suffer from both symptoms.
An Irritable Bowel episode can stem from stress and foods we eat, including wheat, dairy products, citrus fruits, beans, cabbage, milk, and carbonated beverages. I experience IBS symptoms from all of these foods. Hormones can also factor in with IBS.
Helpforibs.com posts the article, “Help for IBS.” The article includes information on IBS diet and recipes, shop for IBS and stores, IBS Treatment and Diagnosis, IBS News and Message Boards along with a short video about Irritable Bowel.
A diagnosis of Irritable Bowel can create an atmosphere where the sufferer sees no way out of their pain and emotional turmoil. Remember that God’s unfailing love will be your comfort. He has promised us to never leave us no matter what the ailment. No matter how great the pain. You will never be alone.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.