Jeanette Buswell, 46, a sports therapist from Northamptonshire has suffered from travel related IBS for many years.
‘I always get a grumbling tummy or mild IBS with the odd bout of upset tummy or bloat if I ate something that doesn’t agree with me,” says Jeanette, 46.
‘Usually within 24 hours of getting off a plane my stomach starts to swell and within a few days I look as if I am six months pregnant – not a good look when you are trying to wear a bikini.’
And like for so many other travellers Jeanette, a sports therapist from Northamptonshire, no amount of careful eating or drinking would stop her holiday from being ruined.
‘I start to feel queasy, which then becomes severe nausea, sharp stomach pains and usually the runs – and nothing would stop this cycle. I have tried anti acids, various over the counter remedies and last year I ended up with a vicious stomach problem that saw me on antibiotics for months afterwards.
‘I have lost count of the holidays that have been ruined this way. I feel sore, miserable and fat, not able to enjoy the lovely holiday food and drink and my poor husband Paul ends up trying to make the best of it all and cheer me up.
‘I know from talking to people that it is incredibly common. The gut seems to affect our whole body and appears to very susceptible to changes especially when we travel.’
But this year was different as Jeanette, who is married to Paul, the director of an events company and has two grown up sons and two step sons, jetted off to the Bahamas for a spring break.
‘We were both really excited but at the back of my mind I was secretly dreading the onset of my usual problems. This time however, a friend had recommended Enterosgel. I checked out the research before I decided that it was safe and effective and, frankly, I had nothing to lose anyway.
‘We landed in the Bahamas after a long flight and sure enough, by day three I started to feel the old familiar queasiness and a few stabbing pains in my lower stomach.
‘I took Enterosgel according to instructions and the next morning I woke up with no stomach problems. It took me a few minutes to realise that I was OK and then I was so pleased. It was such a lovely feeling to be pain free.
‘I carried on taking Enterosgel for the next few days. I did have a few minor episodes of mild nausea but they were hardly noticeable, nothing like the dehabilitation I normally experienced. As soon as they came I took Enterosgel and the symptoms vanished.
‘It meant that for the first time in years I could enjoy wear my bikini and tight fitting clothes without feeling ridiculously self conscious about how awful I looked.
‘Best of all Paul and I had a really relaxed and worry free holiday together.’