Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IBS in America- Don't Wait to Talk to Someone

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While all experiences and opinions are my own, this post is sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), which commissioned the “IBS in America” survey, the most comprehensive IBS survey of both patients and physicians ever conducted, polling more than 3,200 sufferers and 300 physicians to better understand this condition, with the financial support of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allergan plc. For full survey results, visit http://bit.ly/1LwtDgp.




I want to start by saying that I do not personally have IBS, but a few of my friends do. I have had weight loss surgery and many times the “side effects” from surgery are often very similar to IBS. IBS can differ in everyone so nobody really has the same symptoms. Ones I will be talking about are ones that my friends shared with me or ones that I have experienced that are close to what they go through.


I recently watched a really great webinar called “IBS in America”. I learned that so many people are ashamed to discuss their bodily functions even with their own dr’s. As a mom and a patient I can see how it can be embarrassing to discuss but also at the same time is so natural to discuss.







IBS can certainly control your life in a lot of ways. I know for me I have to be very careful on what I eat. I can’t eat something new in a place other than my home. I never know how I’m going to react to it. My friends with IBS say it’s the same thing with them. They never know when they will have an “episode”


If you are experiencing any discomfort in bodily functions like chronic constipation to chronic diarrhea or stomach pains you should definitely speak to your dr. Seeing a dr early can save you from so much unnecessary pain and illness. It is estimated that 35 million people have IBS. That is a crazy high number! So there is a high likelihood that you may even have a few friends that have IBS and either they don’t know it yet or they haven’t even shared it with you yet.




67% of the people that completed the “IBS in America” reported experiencing abdominal and bowel symptoms for more than a year before talking with a doctor, about 11% waited 10 years or more! I can’t imagine living that long in discomfort and not seeing relief. That is why it is so important to talk to your dr. While you may not think anything will help you, it’s worth making an appointment just to see if there is an option.
The survey even showed that people would give up caffeine (55 percent), their cell phone/internet (47 percent) or even sex (40 percent) for one month for the chance to feel one month of relief. Some days I would even agree though it’s hard to get me away from my phone/laptop (kidding, kind of).




If you can relate to recurring abdominal and bowel symptoms, make a resolution to take care of your GI health and break the self-help cycle. You don’t want to start another year in pain, feeling sick etc. Please tell your medical team everything that is going on so that they can help you. If they don’t know, they can’t help. Join the discussion – #IBSinAmerica.

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While all experiences and opinions are my own, this post is sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), which commissioned the “IBS in America” survey, the most comprehensive IBS survey of both patients and physicians ever conducted, polling more than 3,200 sufferers and 300 physicians to better understand this condition, with the financial support of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allergan plc. For full survey results, visit http://bit.ly/1LwtDgp.

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23 comments:

  1. I was not aware of the perils of IBS and how it affected so many people. Thank you so much for this information. I believe that I know someone very close to me suffering and I plan to show them this blog post.

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  2. I'm so glad I don't have to deal with this issue. I have a friend who has this problem, and it was really hard on her before she got treatment.

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  3. My sister has it and it's no fun for sure. Glad she has it under control now.

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  4. IBS can be a pain. I did not know that it was such a common problem!

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  5. I have a friend who suffers from this and it is so bad. I had no idea it was the 7th most common ailment.

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  6. I'm glad to see more information coming out about this syndrom. More awareness can make these things easeir to talk about.

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  7. I have a couple of friends that have IBS. Being able to meet with a doctor and track symptoms and have knowledge has made their lives easier. Love that more information is being shared.

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  8. I had no idea IBS was so common. I guess it is not one of those things most people want to talk about. It is good you are getting the information out there.

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  9. I definitely learned a few things about IBS via this informative post. Given the symptoms I can see why most people wait awhile before going to see a doctor.

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  10. IBS is definitely an important topic considering how common it is. People shouldn't be embarrassed. It's important to talk to a doctor about it.

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  11. My teenage nephew has IBS and has suffered greatly. Thanks for the information.

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  12. I have IBS it is a horrible thing to have. I have cut up all the foods that I know trigger it but I do need to go see my gastroenterologist again.

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  13. So true! I was on medication for IBS-C for a long time and have found natural ways now to get off of it. No fun!

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  14. I have a few friends who suffer from IBS. Glad to see it getting shared!

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  15. I didn't know that IBS was so common. I'm just thankful that I don't have to deal with it myself.

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  16. I hadn't heard of IBS until about a year or two ago, it is good to know that some are opening the discussion as it seems important!

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  17. I did not realize the seriousness of IBS and the number of people it affected.
    I wonder how giving up the internet can help with it - due to sitting so long on looking at the web?

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  18. I think my mom might have this. Sometimes she had to go to the bathroom STAT after eating certain foods!

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  19. One of my best friends has IBS and it has radically affected her life! It's amazing how much finding the right doctor has helped her! Thanks for sharing this info so other people can get help too!

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  20. I had no idea that so many people were affected by IBS. Thanks for the education

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  21. I didn't know so many people were affected. I do know two people who are.

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  22. I too do not have IBS but have friends who do and it's so debilitating for them. I did not know that it could be a side development from weight loss surgery!

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  23. I have friends that suffer from IBS. I think it's great that there are informative posts like these.

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