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

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 stronger respo... »

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. But your period do... »

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 it), then his or he... »

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 menstrual cycle… Okay, full disclosure. I’m... »

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 both? Soluble fiber is ... »

The First 5 Things to Do if You Have IBS Symptoms

So you’re miserable with bowel troubles and pain, and you want to know what to do about it. Well there ARE things you can do! You just have to DO them. Here are first 5 things I think you should do if you have IBS symptoms, and you are just starting out on this journey. Some of these may seem like common sense, but I admit I didn’t do some of them until I absolutely had to.   1. See your doctor. This first one is extremely important! You don’t want to try diagnosing yourself with IBS, only to find out you have a treatable and/or a serious condition. Now I know it’s embarrassing to talk about toilet habits. But remember, your doctor has heard and seen it all.  You need to know that bowel trou... »

Lower Abdominal Pain and Fatigue in IBS

Could lower abdominal pain and fatigue be linked? One of the most common places for IBS sufferers to get pain is in the lower abdomen (i.e. your lower belly). What a lot of people don’t realize is that the fatigue and weakness they feel could be connected to that pain. We’re going to discuss that, but first a warning: If you haven’t seen a doctor about your abdominal pain you should be doing that, not reading this! It can be serious! There. Now that’s out of the way.  If you’re still here, then… You need to know about the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has nothing to do with Las Vegas :), it’s a nerve that runs from your lower abdomen up to your brain. And it’s connected to your bowels. Pain i... »

Enteric Peppermint Oil Capsules for IBS

Cooling and soothing away your IBS symptoms. I’ve used peppermint oil in the form of capsules to successfully treat my IBS symptoms. I mentioned it on another page and a very kind reader named Milo made a comment that it helped him very much. Recently I’ve read some studies that show clinical proof that peppermint oil can reduce or eliminate the bowel pain of IBS.  Here is a link to a jargon version over at Pubmed if you want :). Why peppermint? Many herbs or plants have medicinal uses. They were the first medicines used by humans. Peppermint provides a naturally cooling sensation that can soothe irritation.  If you have inflamed bowels, then peppermint may be a kind of natural treatment for... »

Post-Infectious IBS

First you get sick, then you get IBS… Many researchers have studied post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome as one of the main ways of getting IBS. One theory is that having an intense infection causing diarrhea, can damage the bowel or the nerves of the bowel. One trouble is that it’s hard to remember if you were sick with diarrhea (also known as gastroenteritis) before developing IBS. The onset of IBS after gastroenteritis (post-viral IBS). The pattern of post-infectious IBS seems to be that a person gets sick with something like a “stomach bug” (More about parasites below), that causes intense diarrhea. After the diarrhea passes, somehow the functioning of the bowels has changed. While s... »