I have been struggling more than normal these past few months! I just can't seem to get on top of these symptoms. Try are hitting me at all hours and unexpectedly. From bloating to severe pain to indigestion to severe diarrhea to severe constipation. Everyday is a complete struggle. Im at the point where I'm to scared to leave the house which is just adding to my anxiety. I'm in desperate search of people in New Zealand particularly Auckland that can give me tried and… read more
Hey Erin. I am so sorry that you're symptoms are so out of whack!! And it just SUCKS when your GP is useless as you feel so powerless as to what to do. I have been seeing a guy called Steve Joe down in Hamilton. Before Steve I had seen 2 gastroenterologists - one in Hamilton and one in Auckland (don't know if you've heard of Alan Fraser) and both didn't really get me anywhere, just put me on nortriptyline to change the pain response but that was basically it. So I've sorta done the conventional medicine path RE ibs. Steve Joe is a GP and combines this with a holistic approach looking at nutrition, and other lifestyle stresses that you may not be aware of i.e. the team tries to look at the root cause of the issue rather than cover it up with pain relief. The approach is semi-alternative - it uses applied kinesiology methods - but they have an 80-85% success rates with all of their clients. I've been seeing Steve since July last year. My ibs symptoms cleared up in 3 months and have pretty much stayed away since then. I also have had bouts of chronic fatigue symptoms and although it's taken a while to get to the bottom of what's causing it we are getting there and I feel SO much better than I used to. It is expensive but it's been so worth it, as they care about you and really want you to get better. The website is http://drstevejoe.co.nz/. It's got heaps of info on it. Let me know how you get on!
How do i add a question on here. Sorry to bombard your post x
I went to my go and told him I was so bad I was scared to go out in case I needed a toilet urgently and he it me on amytriptiline I still take Imodium but I'm dealing much better with the symptoms going to work as well.