It's only recently that I have got to the bottom (no pun intended) of why I've had years of being ill. My symptoms are a classic IBS picture, I've suffered from 'IBS' for over a decade all the classic symptoms were there, abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, inflammation, flare ups, rashes, foggy head, mood swings, depression, the list goes on. But I guess like many people after so long I managed to live with these these symptoms and get on with life.
I started to get quite ill after my 1st son was born, this is quite a common thing with gut issues, the toil pregnancy takes on the body, the immune system gets a beating and symptoms get shaken up. I sought advice from my GP and was given steroids and a print out on IBS, At that time I didn't know much about supporting the body through nutrition. When my 2nd child came quickly I was in bits, scraping through the long days, fuelled by tea and toast.
I started my research into gluten and dairy and how detrimental they can be if the gut is not strong, so I cut gluten out first and (I know this gets said a lot) my awful symptoms got lots better. Next came getting rid of dairy and things started to look and feel much better. However, I was still getting flare ups, my inflammatory markers were high, there was something going on and I had to look deeper. It was only after having a thorough stool analysis that I found what I was looking for. Big bad buggering parasites, a heavy duty bacterial infection and a huge overgrowth of yeast. Yikes, or other words to that effect.
It's a relief to know what's going and to know it's not something that's in my head, it IS something in my gut! With help from a nutritionist I'm trying to get rid of the buggers, and my infection and the yeast, naturally. There was a time I would have treated this conventionally, but I really want to and believe I can heal myself in a natural way. This is no quick fix either, it's going to take years as the little buggers have been living there for ages. I'll be documenting my progress on the blog, in as much detail as I can as there isn't much out there on what I've got, so hopefully it might help shed a bit of light.