My ordeal with post-infectious IBS
My story with post-infectious IBS has been crazy but I am here to provide people who are experiencing it some hope. Last April after a year of strange on and off random stomach aches I was told I have H.Polyri.
After two rounds of antibiotics, omeprazole, and taking ibuprofen for breast pain I was dealing with at the time, my stomach was left in poor health. The gastroenterologist told me it would take some time for my stomach to heal fully but did not tell me to stop taking the ibuprofen or/and what foods to stay away from or that I should take a stronger probiotic ( I was taking a CVS over the counter probiotic at the time.).
After a month of waking up every day nauseous and loose stools I went back to the gastro and did an endoscopy and they diagnosed me with chronic gastritis but told me to continue with regular diet and did not provide me with any information how to treat my gastritis. After another month I returned to the gastro complaining of the diarrhea and minimal bleeding and they performed a colonoscopy and it came back normal.
I left the gastro and thought maybe it is all in my head so I tried to forget about it. Fast forward a few months later I was still seeing black specks in my stool and still having loose stools every morning. There was a stomach virus going around my job and I unfortunately caught it. The virus lasted a day day but my stomach was left in the worst possible shape. I was extremely gassy and felt nauseous after I ate anything.
A week later I woke up with a fever and was having diarrhea all day and it seemed like I caught the stomach bug again. This time my stomach was absolutely destroyed. I lost 20 pounds in a couple of days. My gastritis flared up really bad and my stomach would make these loud rumbling noises that sounded like there was an ocean in my stomach. I had to call out of work for two weeks and thought I would never leave my bed. I saw another gastro and they gave me pantoprazole for my gastritis and dicyclomine for stomach cramping. the pantoprazole seemed to calm down my gastritis and after two weeks it seemed that my stomach was calming down so I stopped taking both medicines.
I returned back to work and tried to eat again but everything I would eat would go straight through me. So I was losing more weight and became worried. I followed up with my gastro and he diagnosed me with post-infectious IBS. After reading about post-infectious ibs it seemed that it was all a waiting game and all about luck if you got better or not. Being determined to get my life back especially since I was only 21 and had my dream job in the fashion industry, I decided to look towards holistic health. To sum up my treatment for about 4 months all I ate was a cup of bone broth with a banana in the morning, two slices of gluten free toast with raw honey, and for dinner I would eat wet white rice with a sweet potato or potato with a piece of organic chicken.
I saw an acupuncturist who helped me reintroduce foods to my system and I took herbs while having a session of acupuncture once a week. I kept positive and stopped googling post-infectious IBS and reading the forums. I made sure I got 8 hours of sleep every night and kept my stress levels down. For about 6 months I did not go out to eat and I would reintroduce foods very slowly.
There were definitely a lot of unsuccessful attempts but the successful attempts were amazing. Now almost a year later I am not 100% back to normal but I AM ALOT BETTER and will take how I am now any day compared how I was a few months ago. I know I need some more time to be a 100%. I have gained some weight ( not all ) back and I now occasionally eat Mcdonalds and Chic-Fil-A again without any stomach upsets. I do still take the Chinese herbs and I eat healthy for the most part. My ordeal with post-infectious IBS taught me not to take my health and food for granted.
JUST BELIEVE YOU WILL GET BETTER AND YOU WILL :)
- B-12 supplements
- Vitamin D supplements
- Refrigerated probiotic
- Chinese Herbs
- Powdered bone broth in a fruit/green smoothie
This is a user story submitted by Rose on 18th of July 2018.