Meet Emma, a 24-year-old IBS patient who has kindly (and bravely) teamed up with The Functional Gut clinic in order to help give a unique insight into a patient’s view of living with IBS & IBD.

Emma aims to tackle the real issues surrounding people’s day-to-day lives; address stigmas and most importantly give hope and inspiration to people living with chronic conditions. Her message is simple: it’s not the end of the world; don’t give up, together we can find better ways to cope and manage. 

To suggest a topic or treatment for Em to cover next month please comment below.

My names Emma, I’m 24 and have been suffering from IBS for as long as I can remember.

I have always had problems with my stomach and feeling ill. I remember when I was around 5 or 6 I would purposely drink apple juice because I knew it would make me sick so that I didn’t have to go to school. The pains and the illness began to get worse around 13/14 years old when I was starting secondary school.   I would have excruciating stomach pains every day, often feel nauseas, feel so tired would struggle to make it through the day without either having a nap or going to bed extremely early – and not to mention the usual embarrassing side effect s which come with any illness to do with the Gut and intestines. It was at this point that I first went to the doctors to see if they could help me to find out what was wrong.