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

Coffee and Diarrhea

Could coffee be part of your morning diarrhea problems? In the United States, coffee is the wake up beverage for most people. However, coffee can stimulate sensitive bowels and cause diarrhea. Many other countries wake up to tea first thing. Since caffeine is the main reason coffee causes diarrhea, there is probably a strong link to tea and diarrhea as well, but coffee is the real heavy hitter in the caffeine and bowel irritant game. It can allso be a big contributor to irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.   Chronic morning diarrhea, and coffee. Is there a link? A lot of people have chronic morning diarrhea. I wonder if that’s because the first thing that hits their digestive tract is... »

Trapped Gas and IBS

There’s more than one way to pass gas. I was reading some medical studies about trapped gas in the intestines cause IBS symptoms (oh, the things I do with my spare time). Apparently many symptoms of IBS are caused by trapped intestinal gas. Several studies conclude that people with IBS don’t pass gas the way other people do (Seriously? Is there more than one way?). People who don’t have IBS pass gas at the same rate gas enters into their bowels. However people with IBS don’t move the gas properly due to peristalsis problems.       Trapped gas causes abdominal pain (agony really). So when the “motor function” or peristalsis allows for a trapp... »

IBS Soda and Trapped Gas

Do you really need MORE GAS? I was wondering a while back if there was a link between IBS, soda, and trapped gas pains. I had read a science study that said trapped gas was one possible cause of IBS symptoms and bowel spasms. I had also read somewhere that chewing gum can cause a person to swallow air, which can lead to more gas in the bowels. So if swallowing air can lead to more gas in the intestines, what about swallowing liquids full of gas???   IBS, Soda and Sugar So first of all you’re drinking gas. Then the manufacturer has filled that soda with corn syrup (usually) or sugar. Both of these act as a rush of sugar into your bowels. Excess sugar can cause a gas buildup as bact... »

Alcohol and Diarrhea

Drunk, angry bowels strike back! Alcohol and diarrhea often go together, particularly if you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.  Alcohol irritates the digestive tract in general, and if you have sensitive bowels, well, let’s just say that instead of “driving the porcelain bus”, you may be riding it. :( Since many people don’t even know they have irritable bowel syndrome you may want to check the IBS symptoms page. You may find out you’ve been sick, and there is help. Now I’ve got no gripe with alcohol. I’m part Irish, and you know the reputation  ;), but I almost never drink alcohol of any kind because… Alcohol and IBS don’t go ... »

Bloating and IBS

How to look and feel pregnant when you’re not! A bloated belly and gas are two awful symptoms of IBS that often come together. The pain from trapped gas, the pooched out belly and swollen, full feeling each cause their own kinds of misery. Clothes don’t fit and the gas can cause abdnominal spasms that can make you WISH you could pass out! What is bloating? Well, there can be many causes of bloating (stomach flu, menstruation, etc.). Since this is an IBS website we’re going to be talking (or reading) about the abdominal bloating that’s part of IBS. That’s when your belly swells up and makes you feel miserable for no apparent reason :(. If you have the gas that of... »

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome could be the reason so many people are so sick these days; but it is not something you’re doctor is likely to tell you about. It’s one of those new “fake diseases” that will take a while to become “real.” It may be one of the most important pieces of the IBS puzzle. What is leaky gut syndrome?   Your intestinal tract is supposed to allow small, digested nutrients into your blood stream so your body can function. If your intestines (or bowels) let in bits of partially digested protein or other food chemicals or toxins through, it’s called having a leaky or leaking gut or “increased intestinal permeability” in scienc... »

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

A celiac rash by another name? Dermatitis herpetiformis is a VERY itchy rash (more on that below), but it can also be an important clue to solving your IBS puzzle. If you have IBS symptoms and an itchy, burning rash, you may have celiac sprue disease or some other gluten intolerance. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a rash that is closely tied with gluten intolerance and… Gluten intolerance can cause IBS symptoms. You see where I’m going with this? What is dermatitis herpetiformis? Dermatitis herpetiformis starts out as a burning sensation on the skin. Then itchy little blisters appear. These blisters often burst or get scratched open because the skin is so irritated and itchy. Be car... »

Annatto Allergy

Could an annatto allergy be causing your IBS symptoms? Annatto is a very common “natural” food additive. It’s used as an orange food dye and as a natural flavoring in MANY foods. I’ve recently discovered information that links an annatto allergy or intolerance to all kinds of strange problems, including IBS symptoms. Now I don’t know whether this reaction is caused by an annatto allergy or an annatto intolerance, so I’ll be using these terms interchangeably on this page. How one woman found her “IBS” cure: Marlene Stein reports on her website www.ibsnomore.com about her discovery that annatto was her IBS trigger food. I checked out her story, a... »

IBS Diagnosis and Self Diagnosis

WARNING: Self diagnosis can be deadly. Usually I try to keep my posts on the positive/bright side… BUT… This one is about IBS self diagnosis and self diagnosis in general, so, I’m going to have to rant a bit. I’ve recently read posts from people trying to figure out if they have IBS or some other disease by posting questions on Yahoo Answers or IBS sites. The illnesses these people describe sound very dangerous and don’t sound like IBS to me (I’m not a doctor, but passing a lot of bloody stool is NOT typical of IBS). Sorry in advance, I don’t mean to sound hysterical or “over the top,” but I’m trying to prevent someone’s untim... »

What is Peristalsis and Why Should I Care?

Peristalsis is an important part of digestion. It’s how food gets: down your throat… through your stomach… through your small intestine then… through your large intestine… to it’s final destination the rectum (before exiting out the back door ;). Peristalsis or “peristaltic action” is what moves food through your entire digestive tract. When things go wrong with peristalsis, you can end up with bowel cramps, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc., (and other things like GERD). How does peristalsis work? Your digestive tract is like one long tube from your mouth to your anus (aka, your butt ;). That tube has muscles that squeeze the food a... »