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    Use this forum to discuss all aspects of IBS. This forum will help you find answers to commonly asked questions about IBS.

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    Diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) is a subtype of IBS in which a person experiences frequent episodes of diarrhea with accompanying abdominal pain. Post-Infectious IBS (PI-IBS) is IBS following a digestive illness like food poisoning or gastroenteritis. This is also a forum for Leaky Gas (LG), Incontinence or Odor. Some refer to odor as fecal body odor (FBO) or simply rectal odor.

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    Constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C) is a subtype of IBS in which a person experiences chronic constipation accompanied by recurrent abdominal pain. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC), also known as functional constipation, share many of the same symptoms as IBS-C typically with the absence of abdominal pain.

    Modifying your diet and limiting dietary FODMAPs have become effective treatments in susceptible people, for treating their symptoms of IBS.

    Are you looking for support from a Registered Dietitian to assist you with the Low FODMAP Diet? Check out our FODMAP Registered Dietitian Directory for FODMAP Dietitians near you.

    IBS Medications focus on the primary symptom which causes a patient to seek help from a doctor, ie: diarrhea (IBS-D), constipation (IBS-C) and/or abdominal pain. Medical foods are foods which are formulated to be consumed or administered under the supervision of a physician. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) is a new treatment that has been shown to be over 90% effective for treating C. difficile infection in patients who had previously failed to recover with antibiotic therapy. There has been some limited positive results with FMT and IBS.

    While you can have traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Gut Directed Hypnotherapy (GDH) delivered by a Psychologist you can also use new Digital Therapeutics as a treatment option for IBS that provides similar results. Digital Therapeutics have been developed after years of clinical research. Moving to a digital approach allows for greater access to self care and self treatment using an Integrated Model of care. Some devices are used to diagnose and treat the symptoms of IBS.

    Digital Therapeutics are available now for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gut Directed Hypnotherapy, Breath testing, Abdominal pain, Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) relief, Low FODMAP Dietary Guidelines

    The treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has three main goals:

    • Achieving remission (the absence of symptoms)
    • Maintaining remission (ease of symptoms or life impacting flare-ups)
    • Improving your quality of life

    To accomplish these goals, treatment is aimed at controlling the ongoing IBS symptoms. There is no standard approach to managing all people with IBS. The symptoms, severity of disease, and how the disease might impact vary considerably.

    >> Current list of IBS Digital Therapeutics

    Women's health issues and IBS are discussed here such as fertility, pregnancy, menstruation, pelvic pain, etc...

    Share your personal story about how you were diagnosed and how you are coping with IBS.


    IBS-related audio podcast episodes and videos, including IBS Chat, which relate to research and treatment options for patients.

    IBS Chat is the name of the podcast recorded by the IBS Patient Support Group. Episodes include conversations with patients, GI researchers and healthcare providers on topics which are geared towards an IBS sufferer. You can listen in your web browser or play the latest podcast from IBS Chat on Apple iTunes, Apple Podcast or Siri, Google Play or Google Assistant, Alexa-enabled Amazon devices and Spotify. Podcast RSS feed: https://feed.podbean.com/ibspatient/feed.xml

    We post Twitter @TuesdayNightIBS podcast episodes as they become available.

    Posting of current Clinical Research trials are found in this forum.

    Clinical research trials are designed to test the effect of a medication or treatment in a group of volunteers, measure a drug's ability to treat the medical condition, monitor the drug's safety, and possible side effects. Trained doctors, nurses and researchers conduct clinical research studies called clinical trials. The study coordinator is in charge of the day-to-day running of the study. The principal investigator (usually a physician) has overall responsibility for carrying out the protocol. Learn more about Why you might want to consider participating in a Clinical Trial.

    Posting of IBS-related news articles and research results. To avoid violation of copyright laws please only post a link to a news article unless you own the copyright item which you are reporting.

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    Topics are automatically created in this forum from a mix of newsfeeds. Please be aware that we have no control over the quality or factual representation of these postings. Some may be informational, whereas some may be wholly inaccurate. You may rate topics in this forum. 

    Always research all options and discuss them with your physician before following any specific directive provided in these articles. 

    Current feeds are: Google and Pubmed

    IBS Twitter feed

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    Attention: Since early-April 2023 Twitter has stopped allowing feeds of tweets from their application. We are working to find another solution to share tweets from the IBS community on Twitter. Until then you can explore @ibspatient on Twitter directly https://twitter.com/ibspatient
    Topics are automatically created in this forum from @ibspatient on Twitter. Please be aware that we have no control over the quality or factual representation of these postings. Some may be informational, whereas some may be wholly inaccurate. You may rate topics in this forum. 

    Always research all options and discuss them with your physician before following any specific directive provided in these articles.


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      The importance of communicating with your healthcare provider about IBS-C   Have you ever felt uncomfortable talking with your healthcare provider about IBS-C symptoms that won’t go away? If so, you are not alone. In fact, research shows that many people don’t tell their healthcare provider how they really feel. It could be because they don’t want to disappoint their healthcare provider if they’re not feeling as good as they think they should be. It could also be because they feel embarrassed to share details about their symptoms. Whatever the reason, if the healthcare provider doesn’t know what’s really going on, it makes it harder to help. So, make sure you speak up about your symptoms and ask about your treatment options to make sure you have all the information. Knowledge is power! We want to hear from you so that we can better understand the experiences of people living with IBS-C We have partnered with Ardelyx, Inc, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, to create this survey to better understand your experience living with IBS-C. If you have already completed the survey we have shared, thank you. If not, this is your last chance. The survey closes on December 1st. Click here to complete the short survey By participating in this anonymous survey, you will not only make your voice heard, but you will also help us better understand the experience of people living with IBS-C. That way, we can help educate the healthcare community to improve the care of people with IBS-C. We’ll share the results from everyone so you can see how others answered the same questions.
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    • Margie Be

      Margie Be

      What has wotked for me. IBS-C.  After 2.5 years of chronic constipation so bad I had to quit work, this is working for me. Im talking 7 Drs, exploratory surgery, over 10 kinds of mix n match meds and being bedridden. Buying colonics or going to ER every 3 weeks for enema. And lots more. I stopped ALL my medication and started drinking a box of premier protein blended with frozen banana and  strawberries every night 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am now having more bowel movements more and more as each day passes. Still not as much as I would like but not going to hospital or getting colonics now. Pkg of 4 protein shakes 8.99 at target and walmart. Check with your Dr. first. Looking forward to nezt few weeks. NO Dr. could help me...
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    • diana j

      diana j

      i'm at the point of trying almost anything after last night; I just starting going without any other signs after I had a normal  bm'   I'm so afriad of it happeneing again. I 'm going to a girlfriend's house tomorrow and a concert Saturday-and I feel like wearing a diaper just in case  
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    • lindaf


      My name is Linda, age 72. I’ve had watery diarrhea, on and off, for four months now - since April 30. Imodium stops it, temporarily.  Been trying to get appointment with my Gastroenterologist because my Primary Care doctor wants a colonoscopy (due to the ongoing diarrhea.) My last colonoscopy was several years ago which was normal.  Gastro doc told me I didn’t need another one for ten years. I guess I do now.
       I feel so alone, as I don’t know anyone else with chronic diarrhea. My husband supports me the best he can.
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    • Renee M

      Renee M

      Hi. I am also new to this group. I have had IBS for years. Having someone else to talk about it would be helpful who understands the impact it has on my life. My name is Renee
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    • Steph


      Hard dry pebble poo every morning. 
      Does anyone suffer from waking up every morning. The dry hard pellets is at the initial 1-2 inches of the bowel movement, then either followed normal consistency OR it all dry and a hour later a normal BM? I take things to soften but nothing changes the first bit. 
      I’ve had this ever since I had antibiotics in 2020. It’s never gotten better. I have tried everything. I am unsure what this could be? I’ve been tested for everything. I want to take something that can help any suggestions 
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