IBS impacts all aspects of your life including your work. It can be especially difficult if you are dealing with an occupation that may not have bathrooms readily available, one that requires significant travel or one that is physically active.
Unfortunately many employers and doctors are in the dark as to how IBS can affect your ability to perform your job. Most employers do not typically care about your personal or health problems unless they have to by law or you have created a personal relationship with your employer. This is why it’s important with how you approach managing your IBS with your job.
People dealing with IBS often have to deal with psychological symptoms as well as physiological symptoms.The brain & the gut are connected together via numerous neurological pathways. The gut & brain also extensively use serotonin to communicate. Serotonin is a chemical that is often related to mood & anxiety disorders. This neurological & chemical connection is known as the “brain-gut connection”. Some researchers have even referred to the digestive system as “the second brain”. Continue reading “Psychological IBS Symptoms” »
IBS symptoms vary by their type, intensity & duration. Some people experience short term IBS flares while others experience more chronic IBS symptoms. Those who experience chronic IBS symptoms may also be susceptible to IBS flare-ups as well. Continue reading “Physical IBS Symptoms” »
Getting the nerve to contact your doctor and deal with the medical system can be tough. It is important that you remain confident in your goal towards getting an accurate diagnosis. Some people have very good doctors, while other doctors are less than satisfactory. Some doctors can become offended when you bring up something they have not heard of before or if you appear to be more knowledgeable than they are. Continue reading “Talking To Your Doctor” »
You’re probably reading this because you think you have IBS or have been recently received a positive IBS diagnosis. Perhaps you yourself are not impacted directly by IBS, but you are instead seeking information for a loved one or a friend who’s life is being affected. Seeking help is the first step to gaining an understanding and hopefully control over the symptoms that affect peoples lives when dealing with IBS.