I am a new arrival to IBD, I've been having severe GI symptoms - abdominal and back pains, extreme bloating, frequent hard stools and rectal bleeding - for months now, triggered by a difficult and lengthy miscarriage (involving a traumatic and unsuccessful surgery). The symptoms have not been improving despite all my best efforts with my diet, hydration and exercise and my GP has now referred me for a sigmoidoscopy so I hope I am on my way to some answers.
I have daily symptoms... except for the past few days. I've just caught Covid for the first time - I've had an excruciating sore throat and cough but strangely my digestive symptoms have lessened. Is this just a coincidence? This is the most relief I have felt in some time, I realise I don't know enough yet about the possible causes of GI symptoms but if my immune system has been malfunctioning in relation to my digestive tract is it possible that having an actual virus to attack has given it something better to do? Or could it be the whole system has just stopped - the 'fight or flight' response - as has been suggested in relation to my miscarriage experience. I know this must sound mad but I think that is probably the point I am at after a year in and out of hospital and being unable to function normally.
Any thoughts appreciated.