IBS Awareness Month – April
Up to 45 million people living in the United States suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although IBS is common, patients are often stigmatized and misunderstood, and their symptoms have a significant impact on their quality of life.
Guidelines for Living with IBS
- Don’t spend time and worry about what your symptoms may or may not mean. Start by getting a definite diagnosis from your doctor.
- Take an active role in your own health care. Learn all you can about IBS to understand the nature of the disorder and different management and treatment options.
- Try to identify things that seem to make your symptoms worse and work on reducing their impact. Keep a symptom and food diary.
- Investigate non-medication treatments that may help reduce symptoms, like diet, exercise, and relaxation training.
- Be sure to tell your doctor about anything you take to treat your IBS. Find a health care provider who will work with you over the long term to help you manage and treat IBS.