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Friday, June 17, 2011

IBS + ITB

The last month has been difficult in terms of digestive problems which I have had for a very long time, but not disclosed to doctors - however, it was critical to do so in the end as the IBS and constipation problems I am having, which are highly related to EDS Hypermobility type (Farmer & Aziz, 2010). If the underlying bowel problems are resolved then it will improve the abdominal muscle control and pelvic stability and relieve pressure off the left ITB and subsequently, knee.

This whole condition (EDS 3) is so holistic that it is impossible to isolate one symptom without assessing all the rest. Everything links into something else. For example, addressing TMJ will eventually impact upon improving my digestive function. but we must also ensure that bowels are functioning properly for release of toxins and efficient excretion. Posture and abdominal control are also important factors here because this will also improve excretion.

The reason that knee is also affected is because the ITB tract is pulling the patella out of alignment. This stems from hip control which is also affected by poor abdominal and trunk control. All of the body needs to work in a controlled and coordinated way for all these parts to work efficiently and properly.

Little by little we are getting there. For now our aim has been to improve my ITB and knee tracking for cycling purposes on holiday. Any other gains are advantageous at this stage!

I am being reviewed by both Rheumatology and Gastroenterology next month.

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