An open dialogue focused on understanding the patient’s most bothersome symptoms may help reduce treatment delays and improve treatment expectations. The resources here are designed to help start the conversation and help with patient education and treatment management.
You empty your bowel and when you thought it was completely empty you wash your hands and head out, but GRRR, you go right back to the bathroom4
I feel like nobody knows about it or cares about it and sees it as a simple complication that is manageable. Well, it’s simply not manageable.5
Every day I ask ‘why me?’5
*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.
IBS=irritable bowel syndrome.
References: 1. Lacy BE et al. Am J Gastroenterol. 2021;116(1):17-44. doi:10.14309/ajg.0000000000001036 2. IBS in America survey summary findings. https://www.multivu.com/players/English/7634451-aga-ibs-in-america-survey/docs/survey-findings-pdf-635473172.pdf 3. Palsson O et al. Gastroenterology. 2020;158(5):1262-1273. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2019.12.021 4. Marquis P et al. Clin Transl Gastroenterol. 2014;5:1-13. doi:10.1038/ctg.2014.7 5. Living with IBS: Personal stories. https://www.aboutibs.org/personal-stories.html