OK, this is about bowels & IBS, so "look away now" if you don't wanna see. Also it's a tad rant-y!
I've had IBS for maybe 20 years now. The constipation has got worse over time, & any time I mention this to a healthcare professional, I get given an "IBS factsheet." The first time I got one, maybe 10-15 years ago, I was like "right, gonna do this stuff."
The constipation would remain the same, as would bloating, gas, cramps, urgency etc.
The 2nd time I asked for help I got given the factsheet too. I was slightly less enthusiastic. So fast forward to now. Surprise! The constipation is even worse. The internet exists. The Mighty exists. The ability to print off the f****** factsheet yourself exists.
I managed to speak to a lovely emergency doctor, who referred me to the "community bladder & bowel clinic." I've just got back now. The specialist nurse took an impressively detailed medical history. She was also very thorough physically, if you know what I mean. So what do you think she did after asking all these questions? I'll give you 1 guess.
She gave me an almost identical factsheet to the first one I was ever given. Newsflash - I'm already doing all the stuff. For maybe 5 years now. Also it would take literally 5 minutes to find on the Internet, not 3 months, which is how long I waited to see her. After I'd done crying, I wrote this. Thank f*** for The Mighty, eh?
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