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My experience of IBS

My experience of IBS

My experience of IBS  – Yes I’m writing my shortened version of my story to tell you how I fixed my IBS after 22 years of complete misery. 

I asked my doctor for a colostomy!

Why? Because, I just couldn’t stand it any more.

That was the motivating moment.

I was going to say moving moment but decided not to. I found I developed humour as well as wind when I had IBS – gladly I still have the humour!!

Now, on a more serious note…

My stomach / intestines have been a burden to me for years. It all started off on a business trip to London in the early 1980’s. I had a Chinese meal in a restaurant on Kensington High Street with a colleague after a gruelling day at Earls Court. The event was an agricultural show, the Smithfield Show and there were stock present, (that’s pig’s sheep and cows for the townies amongst us). I was fine until 2.00 a.m. the following morning. Then my world started to revolve, not the beer I thought, I’d only had two pints. We were entertaining customers early the next day so we decided we wouldn’t go mad that night.

Sick, well that wasn’t the word. Pinned to the toilet and the washbasin and all I wanted was to be at home. Hotels aren’t the place to be ill are they? We all need the comfort of home when we’re ill.

Well it had to start somewhere and I guess some of you will have started the same way may be. Others will have started differently or mysteriously. The source of food poisoning came not from my first guess the Chinese restaurant, but from the cows at the exhibition. I hadn’t been near them, but the Environmental Health Officer who came to see me said, ‘May be a stockman had dirty hands and handled the same pack of sandwiches that I had selected for lunch that day. I had passed the contamination from the outside of the packet to the sandwiches themselves’ and hey presto, this was the start of my nightmare life of IBS.

The bug was Campylobacter, no wonder I’m a man on a mission with bleach now, hunting bugs down. This was the start of my antibiotic nightmare. Every time I got sick and had antibiotics, no matter what type, it resulted in a bad gut and IBS flare ups which took progressively longer and longer to recover from. I got to the point of what seemed like no recovery from IBS.

I felt like a pincushion I had tubes and needles from all directions. I must have consumed a load of NHS budget all on my own. Yes like you, loads of hospital visits and I had all the tests, blood tests, stool tests, camera up, up periscope, I likened some of the specialists to U Boat commanders but they never found the target and destroyed it!

Then it was camera down, camera up, barium meal down, barium enemas up, the whole shooting match. You name it, like you perhaps, I had it.

The periods of relative wellness became fewer and fewer. After that were few respites, but if any amount of stress, (good or bad variety) came along – BANG I was stricken with what can only be called explosive diarrhoea, griping stomach pain, wind, sweating and feeling cold. Alternately, feeling like I was about to pass out trying to control the symptoms– great! But then I guess you know the feeling because that’s why you are reading this now.

Culminating with going to the toilet between 7 to 15 times a day on a bad day and 4 on a good day at best.

These attacks or episodes continued for years, tens of years, if I were late for a meeting, stuck in traffic, going out with the family for a meal, special occasion, if I was waiting to board a plane, going out to dinner with friends. It seemed that in the end just about any event no matter how small, never mind how big, it would kick off. I just found it easier to stay home and watch TV so I could be close to the toilet!

I think I could get into the Guinness book of records not because of the colour of it but for the most varied places visited to go to the toilet – yes indoors and out, on motorway embankments in the pouring rain, if you know what I mean. Am I proud of it? NO, but I don’t want to repeat it ever again. Neither do you I’ll bet. The sheer terror that comes over you in a wave is like your own internal tsunami.

I took to getting up at 4.00 a.m in the morning to try and ensure I was ‘Empty’ before I went out to work. I knew every toilet and stopping place between home and the office, or anywhere else for that matter. KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut, Little Chef, Sainsbury and Tesco and every petrol company on earth cos they had a Loo. They became my best friends, not for the food, but for the clean toilets. If I could found a public convenience that was bust, then had no paper, or was filthy, I still had to go – desperate times require desperate measures someone once said – ‘How true’.

I kept a change of clothes in the car, water and baby wipes. You know all this. I bought a suit with two pairs of trousers, a ‘just in case pair’, I had toilet paper in the glove box and boot of the car.

Yes life’s a ball with IBS. I once said, when you’re not doing Poo, you feel like Poo, or worrying where you can Poo. IBS is when life’s dropping out of your bottom or is it the bottoms dropping out of your life?

All this came at a time when I had tremendous workload. I changed jobs and got with a better company. More money yes, great, but with that came more responsibility, came even more IBS, came even more stress, came even more IBS. You know how the cycle goes. The company was taken over, more stress, more IBS. That could almost be an advertising tag line for a commercial for IBS! I was starting to have time off. I couldn’t conceal it any longer. Things were coming to a head.

My whole life and that of my immediate family was transfixed on my toileting habits – IBS was a life wrecker. It wrecked your self esteem, everyone knows the problem, ‘you think they see you as weak’. Things got so bad for me that I had to do something about it. I was respected as being good at what I did. In fact two people were eventually employed to replace me. Yes I was doing a great job, but at what cost and to whom?

Reality eventually struck – The colostomy request made to Dr. Blackman my GP was the turning point. He gave me some good advice. You change and things will change. Stay the way you are and the nightmare will continue to happen and get worse if that were possible.

I wasn’t quite sure what to do or how to do it. But things had to change as I really didn’t want the colostomy, a bag on my side. As described by my GP ‘It wouldn’t be good in your 40’s, or any other age for that matter.

How would that do for the self esteem and confidence?’

He said you are good at systems engineering in your work so why not do it for yourself? I was too close to the problem to handle the problem. I suppose I couldn’t see the problem for the trees or was it paper pulp in the form of paper – toilet paper.

So you need a plan.

A bit like trying to eat an elephant, you couldn’t do it all at once. Eat it bit by bit and get the job done – get rid of IBS.

The book tells the rest of the story and more. I am free now of IBS and have been in remission if that’s the right term for 15 Years now. Read the book and bookmark the site to find out what things I used, what I discovered and what’s available now. Find out how you can get back on track relatively quickly – remember IBS didn’t come in a day and it won’t go in a day, but by sticking to the program and doing the tasks religiously, you will be surprised what you can learn about yourself, your body, your mind, your relationships home and at work, that you’ve been missing and best of all get rid of IBS for ever.

Anyone who tells you you can be better in a day is a LIAR! There is no Magic bullet for IBS

How it came to pass, as the saying goes.

I had a radical change of career. I retrained, became a Foot Heath Practitioner, where I learnt about anatomy and physiology, Reflexologist and Yes as you can see now I’m a Clinical Hypnotherapist. The first career change and subsequent life change experience was sufficient to totally readjust the situation and allow me to be the ruler of my stomach rather than the other way around.

Diet, exercise and the strategies contained within (this book) help you readjust, modify your life, modify the actions of your gut, your self esteem and confidence to allow you to go out there and get your life back. Determination and effort, along with the contents of this site (and book) will get you there. If you feel you are weakening you have moved away from the program, get back on the program, you can and you will succeed in mastering your IBS.

Enjoy the Journey

Phil Green Dip.H, Lic APHP (LHS)
Clinical Hypnotherapist

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My Ethos – Finding Solutions and Resolving Problems

My Ethos – Is providing you the way to finding your way through the maze that is IBS can be debilitating and draining as it is slow, emotionally draining, stressful and very expensive. Mediation will help you avoid these problems.

Phil-in-office2-150x150As an experienced therapist, with 20+ years expertise of Irritable bowel Syndrome, and as an IBS specialist and qualified Hypnotherapist, I work with both knowledge of IBS and the therapeutic sides to create a balanced approach based upon evidence based information and an intimate knowledge of what IBS can do.

I make sure that all clients feel safe, comfortable and empowered, by providing the knowledge thats required to assist healing. Client feedback tells me that they experience empathy, understanding and that they felt supported and guided through the minefield of IBS.

I accept referrals directly from individuals, support organisations, Doctors (GP’s) and specialist GI practitioners.

I take my current business and clients seriously! To this end I believe I should be up to date and  informed about my areas of expertise. I attend regular developmental courses and certifications that will allow me to deliver for my clients.

My Qualifications & Professional Development

The following course have been attended :-

Dip.H – Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma  – June 2008

Diploma In Eating Disorders & OCD (Anorexia, Bulimia, Etc) – March 2011 -Dr David Kato PhD DCH. DHP. Vice President ACHE

Continuous Professional Development Undertaken:

Working with Substance Misusers   – By John Castleton – February 2008

Rapid Cognitive Therapy                 – By Terence Watts – March 2008

The Benefits and Uses of Hypnosis in the Treatment of IBS      – By Michael Mahoney – May 2008

Transactional Analysis                 –  By Frank McLean – June 2008

Child Protection Level 1 Training Cert. – DACHS         – June 2010

‘Safe in Your Hands’ Safeguarding Children – DACHS – June 2010

Sports Hypnosis                      – By Anne Smith – September 2010

‘Abuse Awareness’ Safeguarding Adults – DACHS – September 2010

‘Understanding PTSD’ (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) –  By W.J Roberts – November 2010

Eating Disorders – Anorexia, Bulimia & OCD –  by Dr. David Kato PhD DCH. – February 2011

Diploma in Eating Disorders – Anorexia, Bulimia & OCD –  by Dr. David Kato PhD DCH. – March 2011

Quit4Life Hypnotherapy fo Smoking cessation  – By Nicolas Cooke D.Psy. FAPHP. MNCH (Acc) Dip. Sup. Acc. Hyp. Sup – May 2011

Hypno-Band Licensed Practitioner – By John McLean – July 2011

Certificate In Marketing of Hypnosis – By David Botsford – December 2011

Hypnotension Licensed & Certified Practitioner – Rob Woodgate FNCH, HPD,DipH – January 2012

Certificate in Psychological Communication & Body Language – by Dr. David Kato PhD DCH. – March 2012

Stress Management Coaching & Consultancy – Nicolas Cooke D.Psy. FAPHP. MNCH (Acc) Dip. Sup. Acc. Hyp. Sup – November 2012

Member of the Following Professional & Governing Bodies

The National Hypnotherapy Society (HS)

The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

UK Register of IBS Therapists

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)Register

The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP)

The National Register of Psychotherapists & Counsellors (NRPC)

IBSGone  Promise I offer a timely, efficient, caring and thorough service to all our clients be they individual members of the public, GP referrals, Company Directors and HR Departments alike. All can be assured of a professional, ethical and confidential service at all times.

Thankyou for visiting the site and I hope you enjoy the articles and my publications

Phil Green Dip.H, MNCH(Reg.),MNRPC,LAPHP,LHSClinical Hypnotherapist


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Who Is IBSGone

Who Is IBSGone

What’s my Background – My background now is in Stress reduction and change management for both individual and Businesses. I have held management positions before starting this business and now joined the ranks of Professional Clinical Hypnotherapy.

I have been employed by big brand names with the brand such as Lucas Industries in their Heavy Duty Braking Division – Girling where I was part of a task force and added manufacturing systems engineering to my portfolio of Skills. Others,  such as Stemco Truck Products of the USA, part of the Coltec Industries group.

I have experience in mergers and acquisitions and I am familiar with the unsettling effect this has on both staff as a collective and as the individual from a first hand point of view.

For some, dealing with the relief of not been the ‘chosen one’ or the survivor syndrome. Their initial relief can turn into guilt at having kept their jobs while their colleagues lost out. This can also develop into envy over their colleagues’ severance packages or even their new jobs or life situations. These situations, as a result of mergers or take overs or just company downsizing can be unsettling.

I later also held sales management roles at Walker Exhausts and Monroe Shock Absorber business and was responsible to European headquartered Product Managers and Directors of the Tenneco Group of companies headquartered in Brussels. I later was employed by a multinational German company in their Truck and Rail component divisions. Voith in a similar responsible role.  I was responsible for the program of maintenance and repairs to rolling stock of London Underground and for all train coupler products in the UK. I have had extensive management experience, which encompasses change management and business development.
I am fully aware of what businesses and individuals need to prosper in today’s fast moving and challenging environments. I was also employed as management and Professional development activities within companies. This ensured an up to date practice, knowledge of new techniques and even went on to address improved client care.

I have, during my training as a Foot Health Practitioner pursued, obviously necessary training in Anatomy and Physiology to this end my investigative work has lead me to use these skills to carry out in depth investigations which have resulted in the production an IBS Workbook – Work your way through IBS. This allows you to follow my system of exposing your IBS.

To further expand the knowledge after the workbook  – Work your way through IBS I have also produced another Guide to help you see the relationship between foods and their trigger potential and identify other possible triggers which may still lay undetected that are affecting you! The Ultimate guide to IBS Triggers – is for that purpose. the two books complement each other and should be used together. I recommend that you use Work your way through IBS first then later cross refer your ‘other potential triggers’ later with Ultimate guide to IBS Triggers. This way you have performed an intensive investigatory approach to YOUR IBS as we all have it but we are all different!

Once this is complete and you are left with knowing what was affecting your health and whatsmore you are more capable with deal with it.

The systematic analytical approach in Work your way through IBS shows how your internal nervous system has an effect on your stomach and your mind. The ‘mind gut link’ is explained this easy to read diagrams and steps to help you during your discovery phase. The workbook breaks the complication of IBS into manageable chunks that you can understand.


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About Me and IBSGone

About Me and IBSGone

What are we about?

Philip GreenHi and welcome to my website. My name is Phil Green Dip.H, MNCH(Reg.),MNRPC,LAPHP,LHS, and I am a practising Fully Qualified Registered & Insured Clinical Hypnotherapist and Foot Health Practitioner, Dip CFHP,MPSPract. I have a Current Enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau check), allowing me to work with both children and the vulnerable in society.

Why create

Why create well, I have, in my past been a ‘victim’ if you like of what IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome can do. I have set out a potted history of my curriculum vitae below, why, because it allows you to see just what IBS can do to your future if it gets a hold of you.

This site and the sister site is one mans determined attempt to help his fellow sufferer. I have now been IBS free for some 15 years at the point of writing this. I did however suffer and I mean suffer for 25 Years plus. with IBSD. It for me was a life wrecking and changing experience. I pledged that once I found information regarding IBS I would disseminate it amongst others, So here it is. This new site is going to be a magazine type site with articles from wherever I can find them to do with all things IBS.

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Irritable bowel syndrome fact from fiction

Irritable bowel syndrome fact from fiction

Irritable bowel syndrome: Separating fact from fiction

Irritable bowel syndrome affects one in six women and one in nine men in New Zealand.

Irritable bowel syndrome affects one in six women and one in nine men in New Zealand.

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In the days before her wedding, the last thing a bride needs is diarrhoea so extreme she almost faints on the toilet.

In early 2011, Sofia* was planning a wedding and starting a business in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes. The then 23-year-old hairdresser had suffered tummy troubles for years, thinking it normal to feel ill after meals.

But with unprecedented stress levels, she was rushing to the bathroom within minutes of eating.

“It would come through so quick that my body couldn’t keep up with it,” she recalls.

“I would break into a hot sweat, and my consciousness would waver.”

The bride-to-be lost 12 kilograms in five months.

“I was getting really scared at how much I was losing.

“At the time I was like oh, I might look nice in my dress, but this is horrible.”

She was tested for bowel cancer, Coeliac’s and Crohn’s diseases. When the tests returned clear, Sofia was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome.

The condition, known as IBS, affects one in six women and one in nine men in New Zealand.

Professor Richard Gearry, a consultant gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital, says IBS differs from the less common inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The two types of IBD – ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – affects about one in 500 Kiwis.

While people with IBD have inflamed gastrointestinal tracts, IBS is diagnosed in people whose bowels look normal but suffer ongoing pain, gas and a change in bowel habits, including diarrhoea and constipation.

“The two get mixed up all the time”, Gearry says.

“The way I describe IBS to patients is, it’s like their bowel is hypersensitive.”

“Anything that stirs the bowel up will be much more profound in people with the condition.”

For Sofia, stress combined with dairy – especially butter  – other fatty foods, gluten and coffee, triggered the worst reactions, as did some fructan-rich foods, such as garlic and onions.

Gearry says while IBS isn’t fatal, “the unpleasant symptoms can really affect a sufferer’s quality of life”.

Those with the condition miss work and visit their GPs three times more often that the general population.

Sofia would often limit her food intake to avoid discomfort, which she describes as “sharp, knife-like pains… like you’ve been punched in the stomach”.

“You knew if you got the knife jab, you didn’t have long – you needed to run,” she says.

“I knew where bathrooms were at all times.”

Gearry says the gut’s intimate relationship with the brain, known as the “gut-brain axis”, is a primary source of gut problems.

“We know that when people get stressed or worried they get symptoms through their whole body.

“It might might be a slight tremor, or feeling sweaty. In the same regard, the gut can be a major target for stress.”

Unsurprisingly, diet can also have a major effect on gut symptoms.

Research has shown eliminating the group of carbohydrates known as FODMAPs – including fructose, lactose, fructans, and carbohydrates found in legumes, artificial sweeteners, and stone fruits –  helps about 75 per cent of IBS sufferers.

Gearry says it is the only diet he is aware of, among thousands that purport to control gut symptoms, that has high quality data to support its use.

“We suggest seeing a dietician who’s an expert at the diet – it’s quite a difficult one to teach,” Gearry says.

“They generally implement the diet quite strictly at the start and after six weeks, begin to reintroduce some foods.”

Gearry says ongoing dietary manipulation is usually required to keep IBS symptoms at bay, but there’s no long-term health risks in straying from a low FODMAPs diet.

Medications can be used to treat constipation, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps, and occasionally anti-depressants are prescribed to modulate the gut-brain interaction.

However, Gearry says, “most people with IBS don’t want to take drugs”.

“And to be honest, most of the drugs we have for IBS aren’t as successful as we would like.”

Gearry says many IBS sufferers self-diagnose.

“That’s probably ok, except if they’re missing something that’s more serious.”

Weight loss, bleeding and stomach pain at night would require further investigation.

“My bottom line would be if you have symptoms discuss them with your GP.

“They’re very, very good at working out who needs to be referred on, and who doesn’t.”

There is no cure for IBS. Medications can be used to treat constipation, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps, and occasionally anti-depressants are prescribed to modulate the gut-brain interaction.

Patients can better manage their symptoms with diet, relaxation techniques, and by avoiding gut infections.

Gearry says usually, people readily identify their IBS triggers.

“They go, oh it’s all about stress or, it’s all about diet, I’ve got no stress problems.”

Gearry advises patients to manage stressors using “whatever works”.

“Every individual will relax in a different way – some people exercise, some people do meditation – I don’t think it really matters … But if people find that there’s a link between stress and their gut, then they need to have methods of dealing with that.”

Sofia managed her IBS by eliminating triggering foods from her diet. And when her business was up and running, and her wedding was over, she found her symptoms eased.

“I still kept most of the diet similar, but it wasn’t as extreme,” Sofia says.

It’s five years since Sofia’s IBS first flared up. Now pregnant with her second child, the symptoms have returned. Once again, she’s foregoing her favourite chocolate milk.

Sofia knows it’s not forever, though.

“If I’m really relaxed and not pregnant then I’m actually fine,” she says.

“But when I’m stressed, or really busy, or something’s going on with my body in other ways, then I tend to have to pull back.”

“I wouldn’t say my IBS dictates my entire life, just certain seasons of it.”

*Not her real name