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How to deal with IBS and health anxiety?!

I have suffered from stomach problems since i was 15 and after years of doctor visits finally i was diagnosed with IBS in 2018-19. I have been tested for everything else to rule out any other issues so we are sure it is IBS. However due to health anxiety i panic over everything.

I have normally managed to control my IBS and luckily unlike some i have had mild symptoms for a while until this week. I have had stress and anxiety since lockdown and Covid and it seems i’ve had a flare up. I have contacted my doctor numerous times as my health anxiety has been playing with my mind but my doctor has confirmed everything i’m experiencing is due to my IBS and of course my anxiety! The last 2 days i’ve had diarrhea every morning and then i’m fine after that. I get cramps in the morning and feel gassy. How can i understand my symptoms and be able to calm myself down when experiencing these symptoms?

  1. Get on viberzi. It completely changed my life and my IBS is completely under control.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience kdavi2612. While not everyone will have the same results, we truly appreciate hearing your personal experience and it's encouraging to hear that you have found relief. For those interested, in addition to speaking with their doctor, this article may be helpful: Best, Kelly, Team Member

  2. I am exactly the same I suffer with health anxiety also so I know how you feel, it’s dreadful, do you also get back pain ❤️

    1. I have recently been getting lower back pain with mine...this is new and very upsetting/anxiety producing. Do you get back pain too? Has your dr. said this is normal with IBS?

    2. I hope others share their experience with you. Be sure to speak with your doctor about any new, changing or concerning symptoms. While back pain may be a symptom of IBS it's important to get it checked out and rule out other causes. In addition to speaking with your doctor, this article may be helpful: Best, Kelly, Team Member

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