Earlier this year, I wrote about the cost of having a digestive disorder. With 6 months having passed since I put pen to paper on that post, I thought I’d look back over 2018 as a whole and see how much I spent on trying to get my intestines to work like that of a normal human being.
current state of play
Overall, my stomach is in a much better place than it has been in years gone by. It’s not 100% and I don’t think it ever will be. I still can’t tolerate some foods, I’ll never be able to eat without thinking about exactly what I’m putting in my mouth and I still suffer with flare ups. But…… I feel much more confident in how to help my stomach cope and if I do have a flare up and I have things I can take that will curb the longevity of said flare.
Since the episode that saw my intestines go into absolute meltdown in May-June, they have been largely OK, with just a mini pain episode on holiday (too much garlic) and another flare at the beginning of December (oats and too much broccoli were the culprits there). But it’s made me realise I’ll have to be taking supplements very long term to keep things ticking over in there. At the start of the year, I did think I could just do a dedicated stretch of time and then I’d be fixed but my digestive health is something I’ll always need to focus on and consequently spend money on to provide support and a sense of normalcy.
Having got the diagnosis of SIBO a year ago now and subsequently realising I had serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies because of said bacterial overgrowth, I went hardcore on Vitamin B & D and magnesium and I have to say these alone have made me feel lots different (in a good way). I don’t have the same bone aching fatigue of years gone by and that in itself tells me what I’m doing is working and is worth the money spent.
You really can’t put a price on health and this isn’t a post whinging about how much it’s cost me to try and fix things this year; it’s a honest post about the costs involved when you have a chronic digestive condition. I am lucky we have the money to spend on this – a family member also suffers terribly with his stomach and doesn’t have the money to pay for any of this and sadly, like me, he’s had absolute no luck with his NHS GP, who seems to just want to usher him out of the door as quickly as possible, telling him to take immodium and buscopan like it’s going out of fashion. Not. Helpful.
So, here are the cold hard figures of trying to fix my stomach and keep on top of things this year
- Supplements – Jan-Dec: £1637.25
- Nutritionist appt (follow up) £60
- Private healthcare costs (deductible) £350
- Rifaximin (private prescription) £425
Grand total: £2,472.25
I’d like to say that 2019 won’t be as expensive and I really hope I won’t need to access private healthcare again but there will be ongoing supplement costs. I’m continuing with IntestiNew which is a powder that helps repair intestinal lining and I’ll be taking Vitamins B & D and Magnesium, whilst having my antimicrobial and Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii) as back ups for dealing with flares and keeping on the straight and narrow (hopefully).