Living with irritable bowel syndrome presents daily challenges. It may be painful or embarrassing and
can seriously affect the quality of your life. These suggestions may help you cope more easily:
July 31, 2014
Learn as much about IBS as you can. Talk to your doctor, look for information
on the Internet from reputable sources such as the National Institutes of Health, and read books
and pamphlets. Being informed about your condition can help you take better charge of it.
Identify the factors that trigger IBS. This is a key step both in managing your
condition and in helping you feel you have control of your life.
Seek out others with IBS. Talking to people who know what you're going through
can be reassuring. Try IBS support groups on the Internet or in your community.
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