PHYSICAL IMPACT OF IBS2*
DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES, PATIENTS DELAY HCP CONSULT2*
Many patients put off seeking medical treatment for their symptoms despite the pain, frustration, and embarrassment. For 61% of patients, a typical first response to symptoms is to hope they go away by themselves. 8 in 10 patients have talked with family and friends, in addition to a doctor, about their symptoms.
It’s sometimes hard not to be close to a bathroom. I’ve had to wear protective underwear. So that’s kind of embarrassing for myself.4
IBS doesn’t have an end, not really. It’s always there, lingering over your shoulder, awaiting the next opportunity to pounce.5
I had severe stomach cramps and was in pain all the time … It went on for months and months.6
*Data from a survey including 3,254 IBS sufferers (1,001 with IBS-D diagnosis; 1,000 with IBS-C diagnosis; 586 with undiagnosed IBS-D; and 667 with undiagnosed IBS-C) commissioned by the American Gastroenterological Association in 2015.
AGA=American Gastroenterological Association; HCP=healthcare professional; IBS=irritable bowel syndrome; IBS-C=irritable bowel syndrome with constipation; IBS-D=irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea; IBS-M=irritable bowel syndrome with mixed bowel habits; OTC=over-the-counter.
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