Sports presenter Charlie Webster on living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: ‘I can go to the toilet eight to 10 times in a day with diarrhoea’
Published 26/08/2015 | 14:05
Sports presenter Charlie Webster has opened up about her struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and revealed she wants to remove the taboo surrounding the disorder which she has suffered with since she was a teenager.
The 32-year-old television personality revealed that she suffers from “really bad bouts of diarrhoea” on a regular basis and believes people should be more open about the difficulties that come with the painful disorder.
“I’ve had Irritable Bowel Syndrome – the type that causes really bad bouts of diarrhoea – since I was a teenager and it’s had a huge impact on my life,” Charlie told The Mirror.
The presenter, who is currently dating Downton Abbey star Allen Leech, was diagnosed with IBS in university and said the condition is difficult to cope with while working on live television.
“I’m terrible for dashing off air, saying: “Back in a minute.” I was presenting a football tournament at Salzburg Stadium last month, which was live for five hours.
“As the team were walking out on to the pitch I said: “I’ve got to go!” and handed over to the commentator then ran through the tunnel trying to find a toilet, with the mike pack on my dress hanging out.
“I’ve become an expert at finding loos in a hurry,” she said.
“When I was younger, I was really paranoid about it – especially in a working environment. Sometimes I can go to the toilet eight to 10 times in a day with ¬diarrhoea.”
Charlie, who follows a strict Paelo diet to help cope with her IBS, recently completed a triathlon which she says was a massive achievement. However, the challenge also involved coping with the condition that has impacted her life for many years.
“On the Ironman triathlon I had to go to a Portaloo five times. Afterwards, I went to the medical tent as I couldn’t stop vomiting. Two days afterwards, I started having terrible nausea and vertigo and I’m still suffering,” said Charlie.
“Doctors said I was severely dehydrated and had really low blood pressure. They gave me anti-nausea tablets and said I need to get my blood pressure up through drinking water and iron-rich foods,” she said.
The athletic presenter revealed that she hopes the taboo surrounding IBS will ease and said she believes it’s important to speak about it.
“I know it’s not the nicest of subjects but it’s really common and I think it’s important to talk about it,” she said.