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Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by katycat, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Sorry to hear about your IBS - I suffered from it quite severely for a few years before I began by PGCE but thankfully it's been under control now for a couple of years. One of the biggest impacts for me was when the consultant said it was severe IBS as that immediately made me feel like I hadn't just been making a fuss all along! You say that you've got meds prescribed by a consultant so you've probably had all the advice, but mine put me on a diet free from wholewheat (goes against all healthy eating advice!) and caffeine, prescribed meds and also referred me for specialised hypnotherapy, which I was quite sceptical about but has worked very well. From my own experience I found that I was having to work until the early hours frequently on the PGCE and still very rarely get anywhere near 8 hours sleep a night (a few years into teaching) but fortunately the lack of sleep doesn't affect my IBS in the same way. However, nerves and stress definitely do and I don't think those are really things that can be avoided on the PGCE! I have always been honest on applications etc about IBS (had to go to Occupational Health appt at the beginning of my first job) as I've felt that potentially it could affect my performance in the role, so wanted course / employers to be aware of that from the outset. One of the previous posters makes a good point though about the practicalities of not being able to just leave a class if you do have a sudden bout, as it was definitely something that I have been concerned about on occasions. Fortunately I have only had to do leave the classroom on one occasion to rush off and that was when I had a TA in class, however I don't have any TA time this year so don't know what I'd do if it happened now! As you describe your condition at present I think that you do need think very carefully about whether teaching will make things worse for you, and personally, would definitely recommend being honest about it. Sorry not to be able to be more positive for you. All the best.
  2. Xericist

    Xericist New commenter

    As you may all know there is no cure for IBS - its all down to how it's managed. I have found aloe vera drinking gel to be really excellent - it really is beneficial. I get mine from www.simplythebest.myforever.biz and even though the taste takes some getting used to, you might find it helps. It seems to have good reviews from quite a few others. I haven't got a clue how it works but I think its a natural anti-inflammatory that rebalances gut flora.
  3. Hi there, thought I would add my two cents! I'm currently on the PGCE and have only recently gone to the doctors with suspected IBS. Honestly, the thought of being trapped in a classroom not being able to go if I need to makes it 10 times worse, and I have considered throwing in my 5 years of training and work experience just because of it. I battled my way through the first placement thinking I may have IBS. In all honesty it was not easy. I made sure I'd get up at least 2 hours before I'd have to leave the house, but I was finding that no matter how ok I felt, as soon as I'd prepare to leave the house I would have to go...so on a few occasions I wasn't getting to school until 8:30/8:40 and this resulted in a comment about 'timekeeping' on my final report. Every day it happened would make it worse the next day because I was expecting it. Unfortunately getting 8 hours of sleep just doesn't happen, even when I was only teaching 60% I was not getting to bed before 1am, so being realistic, if sleep affects your IBS, it will not be easy for you. My mentor would always say how tired I looked when I came in (well all my energy was used up in the first 2 hours of the day!).....................................
    I would suggest that as awkward as it may be, it's better to let the people you're working with know that you have this condition than have them end up thinking things about you that aren't true. In my case, I have not yet been diagnosed with it so I couldn't tell people anything, so to them it just looked like I was inconsistent with arrival time and looking exhausted all the time (they probably thought I was a lazy student). They clearly didn't like me much because of this, so I would tell people to avoid making enemies. As a PGCE student the schools expect you to act as if you are the most eager teacher in the world and IBS does not help with that impression if you have to say, "hold the photocopying just got to run to the toilet!" Unless they have it, it is hard to believe the traumatic experience that morning (for me at least) can be, being held hostage by your bowels, the pain and the draining exhaustion, all before leaving the house and even starting the day. Tell them, otherwise they may end up with a false impression of you and your committment to education.......................On the PGCE you will not get enough sleep and you will get stressed, so don't feel like you're making excuses, you know your condition and if those things make it worse, you need to be prepared. You have to look after yourself, nobody else will! I don't mean to sound so negative, if you can manage the IBS and the teaching, it will be great! Good luck with everything.
  4. ljr

    ljr New commenter

    My consultant recommended I have a Yakult every day - it might be worth a try, it certainly helped me.
  5. Hi, I have IBS - mainly caused by stress and some diet. Cutting out food etc hasn't helped my IBS as I could eat the same everyday and one day be ill and the next not so it is very based on stress. I find when I am at work it isn't too bad mainly because I don't have time to think about it (tends to be at home when I am ill, have only been ill a few times at work). I make sure I get up early (very early) to allow myself time to go to the toilet and have a very fixed routine which helps. I also tend to make sure I eat things that I know and feel 'safe' with. I am only just starting to get it under control after years but even then this week it has been bad but I am finally beginning to feel more confident about going out and ignoring it (if I can) rather than it meaning I sit around at home worrying which in the end makes it worse anyway.
  6. just joined and found your post. I hope you are better, but somehow i suspect you are like the many IBSD victims.

    Hi, it sounds like you are/ were really gripped by IBS d. This I know from my own circumstances can be horrific.

    The best action you can take is to stand back and take the helicopter view of your situation. sounds like you are already setting yourself up for a fall by letting your mind or inner voice or subconscious, tee you up for that fall by rehearsing what 'MIGHT' happen. Dont let it . I know this is hard but dont let it take control you must start to realign and take action for yourself. remember do what you've always done get what you've always got. start now.

    I suggest you keep a food and poo diary. what you eat at each meal then when you poo in relationship to it. then note the contents of every packet or tin thats in the meal. do this for 2 or 3 weeks and see if there is any correlation between the food content and your IBS bouts. dont drink beer,brandy,whiskey cola or any fizzy pop or even flavoured waters with aspartame, or sweeteners ending in ol in them they have a laxative effect especially as your gut is sensitive.

    Start to take some time to relax 40 minutes each day. meditation, hypnotherapy for IBS. also keep a mood diary, whats upset you now and in the past just before the IBS started what life events happened? You mentioned your meds, what are they? ask you GP for codeine phosphate. He may be reluctant and they may make you feel a bit weird to start but they usually calm the gut down , reduce mobility for severe sufferers. This may give you time to sort out the above too with less stress. Some GP's offer anti depressants they are not for your 'mind' but for the action of making the vagus nerve less active, hence the motility or rate of flow through your gut. Vagus nerve is the mind gut link nerve. its what gives you butterflies when going for a date or an interview.

    Hope this helps. Oh Im not a GP or Doctor but a fellow, now ex sufferer for 10 years, clinical Hypnotherapist.

    www.hypnofix.co.uk or www.irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-symptoms.com

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