Consistent stomach pain paired with constipation and diarrhea are the typical earmarks of a gastrointestinal disorder called irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the subject of jokes in pop culture and the media. The reality is that IBS is a severe condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It has a powerful impact on a person’s quality of life as they struggle with losing control over their body. The feeling of waging war with your 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 will suddenly appear, putting you in an awkward and uncomfortable situation. After all, running to the bathroom is not something you regularly relish! I’m guessing you know exactly where all of the bathrooms are at the places where you spend a lot of time.
But take heart; as isolating as it may feel, you aren’t alone. The International Foundation For Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders estimates that 25-45 million people in the United States suffer from IBS. The Foundation works on studies all the time to assist researchers in understanding more about this perplexing condition that can only be treated, not cured.
As a doctor specializing in Gastroenterology, I have found that the physical symptoms of these illnesses can be very bad for people. Still, the mental ramifications are also an essential factor to be dealt with. The shame that surrounds this disease is legitimate — and serious.
If you feel 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 specific 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 develop 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 various issues to bring this vital topic out. My goal is to help people see they 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. You can make multiple changes 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 quickly alleviate many of the most embarrassing and painful symptoms of IBS.
You can read my helpful guide on how to beat IBS naturally. I have written this ebook with more advice on naturally managing IBS and great IBS-friendly recipes. Follow this link to download this guide for free.
Remember to strive to make Healthy Living a part of every day!
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.