Consistent stomach pain paired with constipation and diarrhea are the common earmarks of a gastrointestinal disorder called irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
Oftentimes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the subject of jokes in pop culture and the media in general. The reality is that IBS is a serious condition that affects millions of people around the world. It has a severe impact on a person’s quality of life as they struggle with the loss of control over their body. The feeling of waging a war with your own digestive system can be a traumatizing experience, and it’s common to feel like you’re the only one dealing with such a battle.
To be sure, IBS is often an isolating condition. You never know when symptoms are going to suddenly appear, putting you in an awkward and uncomfortable situation. After all, running to the bathroom is not something that you relish doing on a regular basis! I imagine that you know exactly where all the bathrooms are located in the places you spend any significant amount of time.
But take heart; as isolating as it may feel, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated by the International Foundation For Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders that–in the United States alone–25-45 million people have some form of IBS. The Foundation routinely works on studies to help researchers learn more about this baffling illness that can only be managed, though IBS isn’t fully curable.
As a doctor who has been on the forefront of studying these types of illnesses in my practice of Gastroenterology, I have found that not only are the physical symptoms debilitating, but the mental ramifications are also an important factor to be dealt with. The shame that surrounds this disease is legitimate — and serious.
If you are feeling betrayed by your body, it’s time to act. Be your own health hero by taking charge of your health to learn all you can about how your body responds to certain treatments.
Before you do anything else
Find and visit a qualified gastroenterologist to help you manage your symptoms. Don’t be afraid to be open and honest about your symptoms and how it affects your life. The right doctor won’t overlook your issues but will partner with you to come up with solutions to help. Day to day life can be stressful enough without having to deal with IBS problems keeping you stuck in the bathroom more often than not.
My website and television show, “Ask Dr. Nandi”, have explored a variety of these issues to bring this important topic out in the open. My goal is to help people see they truly aren’t alone in their suffering.
As a medical lifestyle “guru”, I’m always looking for ways to improve a person’s quality of life. There are multiple changes you can make to your lifestyle and diet to help manage your disease; IBS doesn’t have to encompass your entire life. Don’t let your normal bodily functions continue to be out of your control.
By following the right nutrition plan for your own body you can easily alleviate many of the most embarrassing and painful symptoms of IBS.
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You can read my helpful guide on how to beat IBS naturally. I have written this ebook with more advice on how to naturally manage IBS along with great IBS-friendly recipes. Follow this link to download this guide for free.
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