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Soothed Gut, Pampered Butt Giveaway

The frequent flare-ups of IBS can be a pain in the butt. Literally. From the irritation of constant bathroom trips to stomach and back pain, there’s no shortage of discomfort for the IBS sufferer. In honor of IBS Awareness Month 2019, we’re thrilled to give away a prize package with your comfort in mind!

The prizes

YuYu Bottle

One luxury fleece YuYu Bottle in coral. The YuYu Bottle is a long water bottle designed to wrap around your abdominal area, lower back, or wherever you need to relieve cramps or muscle pain.

Tushy Bidet

One Tushy Bidet Gift Pack, including a Tushy Classic Bidet, bum towels, and an “Ask me about my butthole.” t-shirt. The Tushy Bidet is a modern bidet that easily clips to your existing toilet and does not require plumbing or electrical work!

 

How to enter

For a chance to win the “Soothed Gut, Pampered Butt” Giveaway prize pack:

  • Make sure you are registered and logged in on IrritableBowelSyndrome.net. To register, click here!
  • Scroll down to the comment box
  • Tell us: What’s the most misunderstood aspect of IBS that you wish non-IBS sufferers knew?
  • For one BONUS ENTRY, click here and submit your story about your experience with IBS. Story entries must be greater than 150 words to be considered.

Giveaway ends on April 30, 2019 at 11:59:59 AM ET. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize before an alternate winner is selected. Please read our Terms and Conditions prior to entering. Sorry, open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Comments

  • threemce
    34 mins ago

    I was so excited to enter, but then saw that I couldn’t….I live in Canada.

  • Brandi
    3 hours ago

    The most misunderstood thing that people don’t understand is that we are making things up or that we are looking for attention and that it’s all in our heads

  • HessP moderator
    54 mins ago

    I agree, @brandi! Many people don’t understand that we’re not trying to complain for fun. No one wants to bring attention to their “bathroom issues” just for the heck of it, lol. Thanks for sharing and stay strong! Best -Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team member

  • stretch14u
    11 hours ago

    IBS is treatable but it is a very serious and sometimes painful thing to have

  • Gollie
    12 hours ago

    What correct foods to eat and what treatments are available.

  • HessP moderator
    1 hour ago

    Very true, @gollie! Food can be tricky for many of us with IBS. And, there’s no one-size-fits-all kind of treatment, which makes finding an effective remedy challenging as well. Thanks so much for sharing! – Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team memeber

  • unhappytummy
    2 days ago

    I wish people knew how tired you got when dealing with a flair up. My husband still doesn’t understand why my insides hurt so bad either. I am still trying to get my IBS under control 🙁

  • unhappytummy
    2 days ago

    I wish people knew how tired you got when dealing with dealing with a flair up. My husband still doesn’t understand why my insides hurt so bad either.

  • tmholland moderator
    4 days ago

    I think many of us will agree that most people without IBS don’t quite understand. It’s a difficult thing to explain, too, isn’t it? Hopefully, we can all find a little comfort knowing there are people here that DO understand, even though our experiences may vary drastically from person to person. -Todd, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • ARS12
    4 days ago

    The most misunderstood aspect of IBS has been this phrase, “ just go use the bathroom you will be fine”! I believe people that do not suffer from IBS are unable to understand that our bowels work completely different from the next person and using the restroom is not always a
    “ relief” for those who have IBS.

  • HessP moderator
    3 days ago

    Great points, @ars12! Using the restroom doesn’t always create “relief” for many of us with IBS, and one’s condition can certainly differ from the next person. Wish many understood this as well! Thanks for sharing and keep fighting the great fight! Best – Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • babychicken1
    5 days ago

    What I wish non IBS sufferers knew: Just because I’ve been to the bathroom once doesn’t mean it’s over.

  • HessP moderator
    3 days ago

    I agree, @babychicken1, and I’m sure others agree as well! Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the community! Wishing you much strength and positivity to help get you through the tough times! Best – Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team member

  • ciaram
    5 days ago

    I think the biggest misunderstanding is when you have to suddenly leave a room/conversation due to symptoms, people sometimes see this as rude.

  • HessP moderator
    3 days ago

    I can relate to this, @ciaram! I wonder if those same people would think it’d polite to stay in the room while the rumbling in our stomachs overpowers the conversation going on, lol. Some people don’t understand we’re actually trying to be polite and not rude when we step out. Nonetheless, thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the community! – Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team member

  • oguzzardo
    5 days ago

    I wish non-IBS sufferers understood how truly debilitating the disease is and that it’s so much more than having diarrhea or constipation.

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    4 days ago

    Thank you for sharing oguzzardo. I hope that our community is a source of community and info for you and reminds you that you are not alone in this. Best, Kelly, Irritablebowelsyndrome.net Team member

  • Darran
    5 days ago

    I find that the most misunderstood aspect of IBS, is that during a flare up when I tell somebody that I have pain in my abdomen, they look at me and don’t take me seriously…I can see them saying subconsciously…here he goes again!!! They don’t seem to understand the discomfort or pain.

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    4 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your experience Darran. It’s not like a broken ankle, which is visible to others. Stay strong. You are not alone here. We appreciate you commenting and being part of our community! Best, Kelly, irrititablebowelsyndrome.net Team member

  • janlynnthom
    5 days ago

    That I just need to change my diet.

  • Chc19967
    5 days ago

    Your menstrual cycle makes IBS worse.

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    4 days ago

    So true for many! Thank you for commenting Chc19967. For others here who may be interested to learn more about how your period can impact IBS, in addition to speak with your doctor, this is a great article: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/clinical/ibs-and-women-how-does-your-period-affect-ibs/. Best, Kelly, Irritablebowelsyndrome.net Team member

  • Robinjay53
    5 days ago

    I think the biggest thing is people don’t know how IBS disrupts and effects your body! On a day-to-day basis you have to be prepared for anything to happen! Not only physically but mentally as well! And it’s a BIG deal! And we, the people who suffer from IBS, need to be taken seriously! It’s no joke!! Thank you!

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Great points, Robinjay53. Thanks for sharing! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • egyptbashor
    5 days ago

    One of the most misunderstood aspects of IBS is probably the amount of pain associated with the illness. Since being diagnosed I’ve done a lot of research and many platforms seem to underestimate how difficult and painful it can be living with IBS. It concerns me because I’ve also read many cases, and I have experienced first hand what it feels like to deal with doctors who don’t take your pain seriously.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Right, egyptbashor, it’s so much more than merely an inconvenience. It’s so much more than just “digestive distress.” This condition affects every. single. aspect of life. I wish we could all search for doctors who have IBS….I’m absolutely certain they would understand and take it seriously! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • Spotchy
    5 days ago

    I wish non ibs people could understand the bloating and the pain.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    You’re right, it’s so uncomfortable, Spotchy! The bloating is one of the most difficult symptoms to deal with, isn’t it? -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • KayNichols
    5 days ago

    The most frustrating part is that other people think they know what you need to feel better. Just having but problems isn’t the only thing I suffer from. Also, it doesn’t just go away overnight and it takes a long time to get your diet balanced when you have it. You can’t eat just any food and it differs from one individual to another what they can tolerate. I gave up trying to explain it to other people.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    I wish I had a dollar for every person who has ever said “Have you tried…..”! Those who don’t deal with it seem to have the most answers, too, KayNichols! I understand why you’ve given up trying to explain it, but I hope you know you’ve joined a community of people who really do “get it.” We’re so glad you’re here! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • Cck69
    5 days ago

    Sometimes when I have a flare up it’s not from what I ate. I have issues with bloating when the weather is humid. It causes inflammation throughout my body including my stomach.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Bloating is the worst, Cck69! Sorry you deal with this, too! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • ExplodingGuts
    5 days ago

    While emotions may exacerbate IBS, the physical symptoms are very real, very painful, very inconvenient and treatments may be as costly as they are ineffectual.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    First, I love your name, ExplodingGuts. Second, you’re absolutely right. Trial and error, and we pay for both, with small victories somewhere in between. Thanks for taking the time to comment! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • pauliejay
    5 days ago

    One thing I wish IBS sufferers would know? Don’t give up trying to find what works. This is a real condition with real medical consequences. After a ‘flare up’, which I call an attack, I’m an totally drained for two weeks. Don’t accept it!

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    You’re right, pauliejay! We are our own best advocates, and the best chance we have at managing this condition. Never give up! Thanks for sharing this. -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • dianemich
    5 days ago

    How quickly IBS can make you miserable and you need to get home.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Within seconds, literally, dianemich! You are absolutely right! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • barbieQ2U
    5 days ago

    I wish non-IBS sufferers knew that it is a disability. There is no rhyme or reason as to when a flare happens. I’m not being stuck up or shy, I’m in pain. I hate it that I can’t be dependable on the job. I hate it that my friends and family can’t count on me.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Yes! “I’m not being stuck up or shy, I’m in pain.” That is the battle cry of the IBS sufferer, barbieQ2U! Thanks for putting this into words! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • DLCogg
    5 days ago

    I wouldn’t wish IBS on my worst enemy (well, maybe a realllly evil one…JK) but what I do wish is that the people with normal digestive systems could understand that IBS is something we IBSers live with every single day of their lives, some days being more managable and tolerable than others. Everyone has their share of digestive upsets, from diarrhea to constipation, but for most it is a come and go situation. With me, and other IBS sufferers, it comes, and never really goes, just subsides if we follow the rules. Sometimes even if we do follow the rules, it still lingers like an unwanted guest! You can’t just randomly bring it up in conversation, like a headache or a backache either. Who wants to hear about your bathroom habits, except another IBS warrior who knows EXACTLY what you are talking about! Let’s continue to support one another, read this amazing website, and drum up the courage to wear a t-shirt that says “Ask me about my butthole” HAHA

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Ha! These are all such great points, DLCogg! Thanks for the feedback, and I love the T-shirt concept, too. Have you seen the one that says “I pooped today?” I want that one, too! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • alisonmcorreia
    5 days ago

    I suppose that I’d say that one of the most misunderstood aspects of IBS is that we don’t “look sick”. Some days I can feel perfectly normal and then have a flare and I’m down and out for the rest of that day. Just because you can’t see how we are during an IBS flare up (thank goodness for that) doesn’t mean that we’re faking symptoms or that it is not as bad as it truly is. They key is just to try and stay as positive as possible and even then IBS will creep up behind you (no pun intended).

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    You’re right, alisonmcorreia, staying positive is so important! So is allowing yourself to rest and recuperate. Thanks for taking the time to comment! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • Bostonrungirl1
    6 days ago

    I think that the most misunderstood aspect of IBS is that this digestive disorder is simply a fairly common inconvenience, rather than one that negatively impacts an individual’s entire quality of life, and daily living choices.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Yes! Bostonrungirl1, you said it! Incidentally, since you are (apparently) a runner, how do you manage to schedule your exercise around your condition? Do you have any tips for this? I’d love to hear any suggestions you have! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • heatherparis
    6 days ago

    Most people I talk to don’t understand why I can’t work a regular job anymore. The unpredictability of my IBS-M make it impossible to plan anything anymore. Some days I’m in the bathroom for hours with the runs and chills and nausea. Some days I’m in bed with the heating pad on my stomach in so much pain because I can’t go. They don’t get the fatigue that comes with this. Being so exhausted, but still can’t sleep because this illness won’t let you. The pain won’t let you. The urgency to go whether you can or not won’t let you. That is the worst part. Always feeling like I have to go. It really makes life hard. Makes planning impossible 🙁

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    That’s so true, heatherparis. It really can make working a regular job nearly impossible. It takes so much out of the person who lives with IBS (as well as their loved ones). Really, really hoping for a cure. Thanks for sharing this! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • heatherparis
    4 days ago

    Ty 🙂

  • Alura
    6 days ago

    I believe the most misunderstood aspect of IBS is its reality. A person who doesn’t suffer IBS symptoms–the digestive turmoil, the debilitating fatigue, the searing back pain, the oppressive brain fog–has a hard time comprehending just how much they impact the activities of everyday living. Some people don’t even believe that IBS exists. IBS may be an invisible illness, but it’s real.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    This is an excellent point, Alura, and so well-articulated. IBS is very real (just ask those of us who deal with its effects every day)! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • sammy33
    6 days ago

    Some of us have constipation, not diahrrea

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Yep, there are quite a few of us in that group, Sammy33! I think you’re right, most people think “diarrhea” when they hear “IBS,” but a lot of deal with the opposite end of that spectrum, and it’s every bit as distressing as IBS-D! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • RobW
    6 days ago

    Most misunderstood? I didn’t always have IBS, it started after taking Metformin and has not gone away since I stopped taking it.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    You’re absolutely right, RobW. One of Metformin’s most common side effects is gastrointestinal distress, including nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. It’s a lifesaver for many people with Type 2 diabetes, but unfortunately, there is a down side. Thanks for bringing this up (and I’m wishing you relief)! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • Quietstorm
    6 days ago

    Most people believe if you just change your diet your symptoms will go away.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    This is a really good point, Quietstorm. Thanks for sharing! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • Celeste
    6 days ago

    That it’s not my eating habits that cause the chronic diarrhea..in fact I do not have to eat anything to have it.

  • Becky Oleson moderator
    5 days ago

    Oh, so true, Celeste! Thanks so much for pointing this out! -Becky, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • Winniebago19
    1 week ago

    Why only open to US residents ☹️

  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 week ago

    Hi @winniebago19! Thanks for your question. Different countries have different rules and regulations surrounding giveaways, and unfortunately, it would be impossible for us to efficiently run a giveaway and comply with international laws. Hopefully this is something we can address in the future. Take care. – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • lauralife
    1 week ago

    Out of the several aspects of IBS I wish people would be more mindful on is that it is chronic. It is not something that can “go away,” or “get better,” overnight. My symptoms can be minor enough to go out and take a walk, but it does not mean I am cured.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 week ago

    Great point, @lauralife! It’s not just a singular case of bathroom troubles. Thanks for your comment! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

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