In my own practice I have found that most client’s IBS started after a stressful event, unlike Professor Whorwell, I do look at hypnotherapy releasing the triggering events as well as teaching you how to use your mind to change how your gut works.
What about Medication?
Dr Peter Whorwell, says the use of antidepressants for IBS can improve symptoms for around 50% of patients. He starts them off on a 3 month trial starting with 5 milligrams slowly increasing to 10 then 15. (the normal dose is 100-150 mg for depression)
The main side effects is drowsiness and it can cause constipation in which case a mild laxative can assist. He tells his patients that he is going to give them an old fashioned antidepressent.
If I thought you were depressed, He tells them, I would give you a new antidepressant, I am going to give you 1/10ths of the dose, and if this hasn’t worked in 3 months I will never mention antidepressants again.
If it doesn’t work then he goes on to the hypnotherapy program.
You might want to pass this information on to your own doctor and discuss it with them.
In the meantime if this is a problem you suffer with, why not give me a call or make an appointment on the booking page to see how I can help you. Or if you have any further questions write to me from the ‘contact’ page.