How Do I Talk to Real People Living with IBS?
Many people with irritable bowel syndrome tell us they had symptoms of the condition for years before being diagnosed. So many people feel invalidated by friends and family, especially after hearing the words, "It's just IBS." It’s hard to know where to turn. You want to talk to someone who has been through it, but you don’t know where to find them!
The good news is you do not need to know someone with IBS to hear real-life experiences and get your fears heard and your questions answered. You just need IrritableBowelSyndrome.net.
How do I connect with others on IrritableBowelSyndrome.net?
Most people start by reading our articles about life with IBS. Almost all the articles on this website are written by real people living with IBS, and some others are written by healthcare providers like registered dietitians, naturopathic physicians or gastroenterologists. Our Editorial Team also brings the latest news and research updates to the community.
Here are some articles that our readers recommend:
- New Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria for IBS
- Gallbladder Removal and IBS—Is There a Link?
- Can Stress Trigger IBS Symptoms?
- The Low FODMAP Diet
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Stories and forums
Articles are just the tip of the iceberg! We are always accepting stories from community members like you! If you're interested, tell us your diagnosis journey, how you found a routine that works for you or anything IBS-related. And if you are shy, that is OK. You can catch up on others' stories on our website at any time.
Forums are another way to dive deeper into a conversation geared around a specific topic. For example, this forum is a place to discuss diet, while this one focuses general topics, and this forum is a place to discuss treatments. If you are concerned about privacy, it’s easy to stay anonymous on IrritableBowelSyndrome.net by choosing a username that does not reveal any personal information.
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