If You have IBS, you have come to the right place..

The IBS information on this site has kept irritable bowel syndrome from ruining my life.  It also contains information about IBS that others have used to greatly improve their lives, or even cure IBS symptoms. Maybe it can help you too!

How long did you have the bloating, diarrhea or constipation of IBS?

And how long before you got an IBS diagnosis?

Most people search for years before finding a name for it.  Doctors run test after expensive test, until you start to lose hope of finding any relief.

But many people believe that a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a catch-all for “We can’t figure out what’s going on inside you.”

There are usually some vague recommendations about fiber and avoiding fatty foods, maybe a pamphlet with a little IBS information, and off you go.

Home.  To the Bathroom.

I want you to know, that can change.

Living With IBS Doesn’t Have to Mean Misery.

There are plenty things you can do to help IBS symptoms.  There are plenty of people that have even found ways to completely eliminate IBS symptoms. What they needed was good information about irritable bowel syndrome.

And there is plenty of IBS information out there.

Finding real help can be a challenge though.  There are a lot of sites with all kinds of IBS information.  Some sites are too technical, others are too jumbled.

Some are giant advertisements for a product.

“All you have to do is buy product X and your troubles are over.”

Unfortunately, solving this puzzle is a little more complicated than that.

BUT YOU CAN DO IT. The pages of this site have IBS information to help you.

A Lot of People Have IBS.

You’re not alone.

I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My wife has it. As many as 1 person out of 5 has IBS symptoms.

It took me a while to find out what was giving me so much abdominal pain and bloating, along with a host of other symptoms.  I read the books and the latest  research about causes of irritable bowel syndrome.  I experimented with elimination diets and alternative therapies. I dug in seeking any IBS information out there that could help.

I put the pieces together over months and years, and finally got relief.

I put together this IBS information site, so that you can get some relief too.

So look around. And don’t give up!

You can find out more information about IBS symptoms and what causes IBS, or better yet, proceed to the IBS First Steps page.

Latest Posts

Is SIBO Causing Your IBS Symptoms?

Is SIBO Causing Your IBS Symptoms?

What the heck is SIBO and why is it ruining my life?! SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The reason why you should care is that bacterial overgrowth symptoms are virtually identical to IBS symptoms. Some people even list it as a cause of IBS. What is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? Usually the small intestine (also called the small bowel) has a fairly low level of bacteria compared to the large intestine. The large intestine is a wonderland of bacteria, and that’s what it’s supposed to be. The small intestine should have much less, and the kinds of bacteria are not the same. The small intestine connects to the large intestine. If bacteria from the large... »

This is your brain on IBS

Your IBS may show up on a brain scan! For as long as I can remember, I’ve read that irritable bowel syndrome has no organic cause. I argued on one of the pages around here, that this was impossible. There had to be some kind of change or things would, be the same. I.e, no IBS. It turns out that science may have been looking in the wrong place. A study finds changes in brain structures. That’s right, they’ve actually found changes in the brains of people with IBS symptoms. Different parts of your brain do different jobs. The study names the different parts, but I’m going to spare you the long latin names I can’t pronounce. If you want that see the links below. In... »

IBS Stories from People with IBS

How reading someone else’s story can make you feel better about your own. So you’re wondering if you’re all alone. This IBS thing must make you a freak right? WRONG. There are a lot of real people like you out there. People with IBS. Why read other peoples’ IBS stories? I’ve noticed that a lot of people come by my site to read the “My IBS Story” page. In fact it’s one of my top pages. That means there is a need for people who have IBS to feel like they’re not all alone. A need for people like you, to read about someone else that has your problems… People that have your IBS symptoms. So you can stop feeling like a freak. But if you&#... »

IBS and Hypnosis… A cure?

Can your brain cure IBS? Studies say yes. Studies by researchers at Department of Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester, UK have shown something amazing. They’ve been treating IBS with hypnosis with dramatic success. People with IBS were taught about bowel functions and then hypnotized during 12 hypnosis sessions. After completing the series many people were cured of IBS symptoms. According to studies published in the much respected “Lancet“, hypnosis can provide long lasting relief from IBS symptoms. What is hypnosis? First of all, don’t wig out :). Hypnosis is real, and it’s not strange or bizarre. It’s NOT what you see on stage shows. That&#... »

Placebo IBS pills work even if the patient knows they are fake.

Researchers put together a study to see if fake pills could have a real effect for people with IBS. And the pills worked! Unlike most placebo tests, the researchers told the people in the study that the pills were placebos, but amazingly the pills still helped. Basically the doctors said, “Here is a fake pill for your IBS symptoms.” And many people in the study got relief from IBS. This is great example of using the mind body connection to heal IBS symtoms. What are placebos? A placebo (plah-SEE-bow) is basically a fake treatment. Researchers use it as a way to gauge whether a real treatment is working. They compare the real treatment to the placebo treatment. If people have a st... »

IBS and Pregnancy

Why now of all times?! I’ve never been pregnant (obviously), but here’s what I’ve read about IBS and pregnancy. Speaking as an outsider (a male of the species), pregnancy seems like such a beautiful, but challenging time for women. Some women have their first bout of IBS when pregnant. However some women get relief from IBS symptoms during pregnancy! Your bowels on hormones. During your pregnancy, your body produces more estrogen and progesterone. Increases in these hormones can affect special cells in your bowels, called receptors. That can make your bowels act up. Note: this same kind of hormonal action can happen during your period, leading to worsening of IBS symptoms. ... »

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Get a Colonic

Okay, I know I’m going to get some heat on this one. Some people get a colonic or high enema, with no problems.  While some people say there is a reason to do so, I don’t believe in it. Especially for IBS sufferers! This treatment is also called: High colonic Colon cleansing (a form of it) Colonic irrigation Colon hydrotherapy This is not the same as the colon cleanse you do with your doctor before a colonoscopy. It’s also not an typical enema. A colonic  is where someone with a water pump and a tube, runs quarts or gallons of water into and out of your colon, via your rectum. Now of course, if your doctor recommends it (though a doctor is more likely to recommend against i... »

Menstruation and IBS

Does your period make your IBS worse? It does for most women. If you’re here, it’s probably because you want to know if there is a connection between your period and IBS flare ups. Menstruation is an IBS trigger.  No ifs, ands or buts. But it also makes IBS symptoms worse than during other times of the month. Read on for the unhappy details. Women and IBS I’ve been looking into why women have IBS at twice the rate of men.  I haven’t found anything conclusive about why that is, but I’ve stumbled onto a bunch of studies, showing that menstruation and IBS are connected, AND that menstruation makes IBS worse! First, let’s list the culprits. IBS and the menstru... »

What is Giardiasis? – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Find out how the giardia parasite (Giardiasis) might cause you permanent damage! Giardia diarrhea is caused by a parasite called giardia intestinalis, or giardia lamblia. Recent studies show that people who get a giardia infection can later develop chronic bowel symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation, cramps, etc.  Sound familiar? I wrote on another page about how certain kinds of infections can lead to IBS, but I wanted to cover this little beastie, because I think this is how I got irritable bowel syndrome. What is a giardia infection? A giardia infection is called giardiasis by doctors. It used to be called beaver fever, because it was believed that beavers were the transmitters of the ... »

Why Eat Fiber?

Not just because your grandma said so. Fiber is good for both diarrhea AND constipation. How can that be so? Read on. Fiber is in many foods we eat, but barely anyone gets the recommended daily amount. But why eat fiber? Why worry about it at all? Well, insoluble fiber gives your bowels “structure”. In other words, it helps your stool (poop) stick together in a clump inside, and get moved along at a “regular” pace :). Sorry for being graphic. It also gives your bowels something to grab on to. Another kind of fiber, called soluble fiber, absorbs water and helps keep things from being too liquid, a blessing for IBS-D. Details below. Soluble vs insoluble fiber, do I need... »