This post is written by me on behalf of IBS in America. All opinions are my own.
If you are one of the Americans who are affected withIBS
, you know how debilitating it can be. For people inflicted with the disease, it can interrupt their lifestyle, stop them from going to school or work, cause embarrassment, and so much more. The holidays are typically a time for rich foods and overindulgence. For many of us, we are aware of our bellies feel after those large meals around this time. For the nearly 35 million IBS sufferers
, those feelings of abdominal discomfort are year round.
AGA conducted a survey
which showed 67% of IBS patients suffered with symptoms for a year before consulting a doctor. Some even waited a decade or more. The survey also showed that 85% of people with IBS spoke about their symptoms with someone other than their doctor. A majority of the respondents take medical advice from non-doctors, which is not always the best avenue to take. There are many instances which a friend may recommend a medicine or a change which will actually make your symptoms worse. Not all treatments are the same for all patients. So even if something worked for a friend, it may not work for you.
IBS can present in abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating or cramping. These symptoms can impact someone physically, socially, and emotionally. Symptoms were so bothersome survey respondents 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.
Before seeing a physician, 77% of survey respondents said they tried over the counter relief. Very few were able to get satisfaction from these products. IBS can be very difficult to talk to a doctor about. The great news is, after speaking with a physician, the majority of survey respondents were happy with treatment.
If you are concerned that you are havingIBS symptoms
, consult your physician. There are treatment options available. Also, be sure to check out the "IBS In America" Webcast Here
. It is filled with great information about this chronic condition. Join the discussion now at #IBSInAmerica
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.