What is IBS?

Apr 25, 2015 | Basics, Resource

IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome. God I hate that name.

It’s like when you’re having a bad day and someone comments, “Well, you sure are grumpy today.” That just makes me more grumpy.

Perhaps I should back up. IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder – as in, people with IBS have a digestive system that doesn’t work properly. IBS is a catch-all diagnosis for anyone with digestive issues who doesn’t have another disease (Crohn’s, celiac’s, etc.). Common symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, & constipation.

So now imagine: here I am, feeling pretty miserable – irritable, if you will – and some doctor tells me I have irritable bowel syndrome. Gee, thanks.

To make matters worse, very little is known about the cause of IBS, and there is no one easy cure. IBS acts differently for everyone, and everybody responds differently to treatments. Because of this variability, and because I hate the name so much, this will probably be the only time you hear me talk about IBS (on the blog or in real life). I prefer to just talk about digestive issues, and to focus on the solution rather than the problem.

Speaking of solutions, there are about a million different ones. It can get confusing & overwhelming quickly. I treat my digestive problems with a combination of medication and diet. I’ll go into detail about meds in a later post, but my main focus here is to share the diet I’ve found that works for me, and help other people with digestive problems live a normal life and still eat delicious foods!

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