TAMING YOUR TROUBLED TUMMY
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic disorder that affects how digested food moves through the intestines and how the brain interprets signals from the intestinal nerves. For many, IBS results in irregular bowel movements and pain.
If you suffer from IBS, you are not alone. Here at home, we have one of the highest rates of IBS in the world with an estimated 5 million -- or more -- Canadians suffering from IBS symptoms.
Researchers and doctors are still unclear as to the root cause of IBS, but what they do know that:
- while food is not the cause of IBS, it can make symptoms worse
- stress does not cause IBS but it can have an impact on symptoms
- IBS is very different from IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
- IBS can cause pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and has been linked to fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression
- IBS symptoms can wax and wane over time,
There are proactive steps you can take to optimize your health and quality of life. It is important for you, as someone living with IBS, to:
- create a daily journal or use a health app such as Gi BodyGuard to track and trend important information if symptoms are interfering with your ability to function
- pay attention to your triggers and reduce your exposure to them
- express any concerns you have with your health care provider, so you are working together to achieve the same health goals
You have options for managing and living with IBS
You can live a healthy, active life despite IBS. Learn how from Sue Grant, a nurse living with IBS, and Dr. Stephen Vanner, a gastroenterologist who specializes in IBS care in the CDHF webseminar, Living Positively with IBS. Reading our IBS Fact Guide can also help you live life to the fullest.
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