Before discovering that I had IBS, I suffered pains that resembled to the unstable angina symptoms, I was at the hospital emergency twice, they performed ecg, stress test and even an angiogram. When I described my symptoms to the doctors, they all agreed it sounded like something going on with my heart, unstable angina indicates an underlying heart condition, that needs to be carefully diagnosed and treated.
I was getting increasingly worried, every time I had another chest pain.
Although I was thrilled that my heart and arteries were healthy, I was puzzled on those symptoms. It took another year of chest pains, bloating, nausea, diarrhea etc. to finally get a diagnosis: I had IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
One of the doctor said that possibly my symptoms were due to the fact that I was not assimilating magnesium.
Since then I have also discovered that acid reflux gives very similar symptoms too.
So either one problems or a combination of the two, may have caused those unstable angina symptoms.
Thankfully a dietician introduced me to a low FODMAP diet; this diet helped me incredibly, I have lost some weight and probably because of that, the acid reflux problem improved and I also started to take magnesium supplements, since then I’ve only had those symptoms once or twice a month, compared to before, when I had them almost every day.
During the past few months I have been investigating IBS symptoms and discovered that its symptoms are often mistaken for some other serious diseases.
IBS can be characterized by abdominal pain relieved by bowel movement, pain in the upper abdomen that may mimic chest pain, nausea, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
If like me, you also suffer of IBS and have the same symptoms I had, amongst other tests, you may want to look into magnesium deficiency as well as possible acid reflux or GERD.
While not life-threatening, the effects of IBS can be debilitating, leading to frequent absences from the workplace and can have a negative impact on people’s quality of life. IBS is generally classified as a functional disorder because it impairs the functioning of the body’s normal activities, such as sensitivity of nerves of the intestines and the movement of the intestines.
Please note that I’m not a doctor, a nutritionist, a registered dietitian and neither a fitness expert. In this blog I am sharing my experience with IBS, with food, low FODMAP diet and life. This is purely my experience and it is not my intention to give you advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, consult your GP and do your research.