I have written and rewritten this post several times. I’ve teamed up with the company to write sponsored content based on my own experiences. I made the decision to share one of my most embarrassing health problems that I have. The story I am sharing is my own personal story. I have IBS. It was about 9 years ago that I started getting a lot of crazy stomach issues. I had issues for over a year before I went to see a doctor. Actually, this is the case in others 67% of the time. The issues that I had didn’t make sense and they got to the point that I was really worried about them. I eventually went to see a stomach doctor and we started to try many different treatments to control my symptoms. I found talking about my health issues extremely embarrassing. What I have found out is that there are many people that experience IBS and live a life affected by it and struggle with talking to a doctor. Is there an IBS Cure?
Although I have had IBS for a really long time to this day I still try to avoid going to the doctors, getting more treatment, and have a fear of what the doctor might say. I am writing to everyone today to let you know that you are not alone. Talking about your bowel movements to anybody is extremely not fun. So whether you are curious about IBS treatments, IBS symptoms or my story I wanted to share a little bit.
One of the ways that I have dealt with my IBS is with humor. Even when going to the doctor I would make so many crappy jokes just to ease the uncomfortableness I felt about talking to someone about my health issues. I learned that there isn’t just one symptom of IBS. I also learned that in some people stress can trigger IBS symptoms. I also know now that although IBS cannot be cured that you can find a right treatment to deal with your symptoms. With it being Holiday time, know when you feel your belly so much that you feel bloated, your belly cramps up, and it hurts…well that is what IBS feels like every day.
My symptoms are all over the place. 1 chronic symptoms that I have is major abdominal pain and bloating. I also will get terrible gas pains every single day. There is also no rhyme or reason to my irregularity in the bathroom…yep too embarrass to type it.
So the reason why I teamed up to write this post is because I know that there are other people out there who have avoided going to the doctor. Even to this day I am still one of them. I missed several appointments and I blamed my pregnancy and nursing to not be able to do my schedule the treatments. What everyone should know is that no matter what your stomach doctor has heard about every single symptom. Although it is not uncomfortable for them to hear it they know it is uncomfortable for you to talk about it. I recently attended a pre-recorded IBS seminar that you can still watch and they answered many of my questions by doctors.
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.