Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Help!

Well, I seem to be a walking disaster area lately.  My IBS has flared up again due in part to having taken antibiotics a couple of weeks ago with the result that I now have a flare up of (whisper it) haemorrhoids :(   I know, I know, too much information.....  :)  The stress of the lock down hasn't helped, of course, and the pain at night is preventing me from sleeping.  My GP doesn't want to know and suggested I ring again in around 8 weeks.  I've tried various creams and sitting on an ice pack.  What on earth do I do to ease the burning pain?  Does anyone have any (sensible!) suggestions please?

Today I'm struggling to find anything to be grateful for....but...

Gratitudes

For being able to put my feelings down on my blog as I have no-one else to discuss it with

For my family being well and safe

For the light at the end of the tunnel re the virus....just a glimmer....but it's coming closer


Stay safe wherever in the world you happen to be x

31 comments:

  1. Sorry I haven't any helpful suggestions but sending you a hug and hope you feel better soon. What a disappointing GP...

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  2. An ex-neighbour used to swear by witch hazel but I don't know how she used it to help. Also when it got particularly painful she used to sit in a bath of warm water three or four times a day and then slept with a pillow under her legs to keep her knees raised.

    I hope you can find a way to get some relief.

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    1. Thanks so much, Eileen, I'll try the warm water and pillow suggestions x

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  3. I'm sorry you're in such pain and your GP is being completely unhelpful. Can't help with the piles, I've never had them, but I used to get IBS troubles regularly. After much research and trial and error, I found that peppermint seemed to help. You can get peppermint cordial, Schweppes make it and it's sold in supermarkets, I found it a bit sweet though. Also peppermint capsules, called Colpermin, sold in chemists or health shops....they helped calm my stomach troubles down. Hope you find some relief very soon. xx

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    1. Thank you, Sooze, I did try Colpermin years ago and had forgotten about it. I'll try to order some when I can x

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  4. Serious empathy and virtual hugs. Does anusol help ease the pain? Perhaps your pharmacist will be able to suggest something

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    1. Thank you, Angela, I have tried anusol but it stings :( Thank you for your virtual hugs too x

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  5. The light is coming.

    What causes IBS? Do they know? Maybe something is triggering it, like a food or probably stress doesn't help. Maybe taking care of the cause is the answer. How do you just not stress?? Ha...that's a toughie. Cast your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you.

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    1. I've had IBS periodically for many years and find it hard to pinpoint the trigger although stress is a definite. I'm sure some foods do too but I've never been able to get any help with diagnosis. GP's over the years have just treated the symptoms and not the cause. Take care Sandi x

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  6. I agree with using witch hazel, dab on in affected area, lol
    It has a cooling effect and helps shrink the offending bits.
    Witch hazel is reputed to reduce pain, itching and bleeding until hemorrhoids fade out. There isn't much scientific support for its use but it does contain tannins and oils that may help bring down inflammation and slow bleeding. Supporters say it tightens the skin as a natural anti-inflammatory.
    Hope this helps. no fun getting old is it? new problem every day I find. Just keep laughing if you can.
    Hugs
    Briony
    x

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    1. Thank you, Briony, once again. You are a fount of knowledge! And, no, getting old is no fun at all. Witch Hazel is one thing I haven't tried.... yet... :) Stay safe x

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  7. I agree with the witch hazel. I also use Anusol and if it is really bad I use Vaseline. The Vaseline seems to keep it all lubricated better. BTY use it after every bowel movement. I hear you on both, though my IBS hasn’t been bad lately. Hope you feel better soon. Jean

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    1. Oh Jean, thank you so much for sharing your own experience. It's a big help to know that I am not alone in having this problem. I'm using Vaseline at the moment and it does soothe a bit better than anusol which stings. God bless you for sharing x

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  8. I had really bad IBS involving two trips to hospital in an ambulance but a friend told me to stop dairy foods as an experiment and except for a few flair ups when I slipped up I have been fine since. I'm don't know if this will help you but it may be worth a try. Jessica.

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica. I do eat a fair amount of cheese as I don't eat meat so I'll try cutting it back a bit to see if it helps x

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  9. I too am sorry to not be able to provide any useful suggestions, but the only one that comes to mind is to find another GP. Perhaps that is easier said then done, but it seems sad that you were told to call back in 8 weeks! Perhaps you could find a home remedy online. And, you can share anything with blog friends.

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice, for your sympathy. My bloggy friends have been far more helpful than any GP. We moved home in December and it is our new GP who has proven useless :(
      Stay safe x

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  10. A comforting hot water bottle...not too hot...between your thighs...x

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    1. Oh, that's one thing I haven't tried. Thank you so much! x

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  11. My mom always used witch hazel and anusol suppositories. Hope you get some relief soon.

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    1. Thank you, Janice, witch hazel is one thing I need to try x

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  12. Apple cider vinegar. Cheap. Effective. Google it.bless you.

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    1. Bless you, Trish, thank you. I'll check it out...

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  13. Gravity - serious suggestion get yourself laid down. Best wishes Rose x

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  14. No suggestions, sorry. I do think a warm bath would help though.

    God bless.

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  15. Oh, that's too bad. Apple cider vinagar can work wonders. If you google it as a treatment, you will find the information online. Hope it helps you.

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  16. This is a weird one but you could try Bonjela. It may sting like b*****y to begin with but should start to numb the pain after a short while. Not a treatment but might help you?

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  17. And Google Cypress oil - helped me when I was pregnant and suffering badly.

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  18. Oh gosh I am so sorry to hear that. Sounds like you've been given you some useful information on here. I'm afraid I don't have an idea other than Preparation H, which is an over the counter medication. Do hope you feel better soon. I know these things are darned uncomfortable.

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  19. Hope you’re feeling a lot more comfortable by now :)

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