Recognizing the signs of IBS

Did you know that between 25 and 45 million people in the United States have IBS, but that many do not seek medical care for their symptoms?1 Are you one of them? Improved knowledge about IBS could lead to better treatments and care, and that’s why the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) has designated April as IBS Awareness Month. Watch the IFFGD’s public service announcement about IBS below: There are many ways to get involved in spreading awareness for IBS: Share the 2015 IBS Awareness Month press release with your local media outlet or on social media Take part in the confidential online IBS Survey that’s about what makes for a good patient-provider relationship Download the IBS Info app and share it with others Download the free introductory packet on IBS Over 4,300 PatientsLikeMe members are living with IBS – share your story with the community and help others live better, together.   Share this post on Twitter and help spread the word for IBS. 1

Promoting better digestive health in April

The digestive system contains a bunch of organs (8 to be exact), everything from your stomach to your gallbladder. It’s important to be aware of what can affect all these parts, and this is why back in 1997, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) designated April as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. IBS affects the entire digestive system, and there is currently no known cause for the condition. What’s more, many people have experienced IBS, but they dismiss symptoms as routine. Common signs include chronic abdominal pain, constipation and bloating, and sometimes these will be relieved by bowel movements. IBS is more common than you might think – different estimates report that between 10 and 15 percent of the entire global population is affected with some form of IBS1 2 – so if you’re living with IBS, you’re definitely not alone. There are plenty of ways to raise awareness for IBS during April, and here are just a few ideas to get started: Read and share the IFFGD’s press release on IBS Awareness Month Download the IBS Info mobile app from the IFFGD Check out the Digestive Health Alliance Share one of the IBS Awareness Month flyers …

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