MOvember is personal this year

Written by Michael “Mike” Allan

Topics: Blog

When MOvember started this year I said that it was personal and pushed off explaining why. MOvember is all about bringing Men’s Health issues to the forefront and talking about them.  This year my own men’s health issues are on my mind as my personal health has deteriorated in the last few months. I decided that this Movember I would get personal and share my men’s health story with you.

My health issues deal with an area that no one wants to talk about, an “unmentionable” subject, yet as the children’s book so boldly declares … “Everyone Poops”.  I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. When I say I suffer I mean SUFFER. There is no cure for IBS, the best I can hope for is to control it. I suffer from IBS-A which means I alternate between IBS- C and IBS-D, with most of my attacks being of the IBS -C nature.

Movember- Talking about Men's HealthThe IBS attacks always start out the same way, with no warning.  As I lay down to go to sleep a burning sensation will start under my left pelvic bone and intensify for hours. This usually keeps me awake until 2, 3 am. When I wake around 7 as soon as I get out of bed the waves of nausea and dry heaves start. It’s like a morning sickness, but with nothing coming out. Then on top of the nausea my guts start to “wrench” as the bloating and gas pain starts.  This pain can be so intense I know how John Hurt felt in Alien.

The combination pain/nausea will abate around noon when I finally give into the hunger pangs which are competing with the nausea and pain. When I’m under attack I eat oatmeal or rice or quinoa. By early afternoon I am able to start getting some work done.  Usually after dinner (more oatmeal, rice or quinoa) I get some “relief ” (you know of the unmentionable kind), but not every night.  Sometimes I go 3 nights without any relief. Once I have relief the attacks subside and I return to “normal”.

The past few months the attacks have been coming one after another with maybe a day or two break. While I am able to keep up with my day to day work, I just don’t have the energy for WordPress training on weekends.

So, how is this related to MOvember? When MOvember started this year I said that it was personal. MOvember is all about bringing Men’s Health issues to the forefront and talking about them.  This Movember I got personal and shared my men’s health story with you. A health story about an area no one wants to talk about. Which is in itself a men’s health issue. If you have a health issue I urge you to talk to your doctor about it.

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