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hi,i from the uk and have been told by my specialist that i have ibs but never he told me what type i was.i will get back in touch with him and find out.does anyone know if i could claim some sort of sickness benefit as i am in bits with it now.
 

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i suffer mainly from bloating ,pain ,feeling sick , stools vary but never really had bad diarrhea.immodium helps and i have just started to take fibregel.i have tried mebeverine and buscopan but did not really help.had it now for a year and i really cant cope with having it for the rest of my life.the only thing keeping me going is my wife and 3 year old daughter.
 

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Hi bullcross. We tend to talk about IBS-D (main symptom diarrhea), IBS-C (constipation) and IBS-A (alternating between diarrhea and constipation), although IBS is a mysterious thing and some people have diarrhea one year and then constipation the next, or the next month, or whatever. Plus most people have some other symptoms such as pain and bloating.I know that some people have been able to claim benefits with IBS, but I think it's a bit hit and miss. If you are going to claim I think you need to be quite firm as to how IBS affects your quality of life, how it makes everyday life difficult etc, but it's not a sure thing by any means (unfortunately).
 

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thanks sophielast month was the only month i was free from all symptoms and i truly thought it was over.so now i feel like stringing myself up
(wheres the hanging smilie)
 

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Someone on these bboards [Marilyn, in fact] told me somethign that really keeps me going. It was, more or less: 'the good periods are no less true than the bad periods. If you feel good once, it means you can again.'She was much more eloquent... :) but, I know I am the type to think 'omigawd, I am getting *worse*' and not keep the perspective that it's equally true that I can also get *better*...I focus on the 'worse' sometimes as the truer thing. When, really, it has no more validity than the 'better.'So hold off on that rope, eh? :)
 

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Hi Bullcross, I understand your frustration as I am a mother of 2 kiddies. As a Mum I am often too ill to even do the daily routine with my children. My husband truly does help me with everything and is extremly understanding when it comes to the IBS-A. I have been suffering for 3 years now and finally have been diagnosed hopefully correctly as last year I was told I had Colitis and then later in the year they were not sure if it was Crohns Disease. There are good days and then there are bad days, I do believe that God will never put too much on your plate. I look at my IBS-A then try and compare myself to so many people who are worse off with Cancer, HIV, TB and many other slow killing illnesses and I realise how lucky I am to have good days and therefore I live in the moment of these. Keep your head up high and think how lucky you are to have your wife and daughter. Many IBS sufferers are unable to have children and many of us women have a few miscarriages before we are lucky to have a child. As I write the reply, I am at work and can feel an attack coming on. DON'T LET IBS WIN - YOU ARE STRONGER THAN THAT! FIGHT TO FIGHT!
 

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Hi bullcross!Mebeverine sometimes doesn't help me either. I do drink alot of peppermint tea though. Have you tried aloe vera? It didn't work for me but a friend swears by it. He drinks a little several times a day.You can get it from Holland and Barrett. It might even be on sale.Just becareful with the fibregel and that you don't get constipated.
 
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