Help For Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS Education, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Support, & Self Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome   Call for IBS Help
Heather & Company for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Heather & Company for IBS My Account My Account
Heather & Company for IBS, LLC Shop for IBSIBS Discussions and Message BoardsIBS News & ReviewsStore Finder My Account
Quote For over 3 years a doctor said 'IBS is your body's new normal...just live with it.' How insane. Your diet has saved me. Within 3 days I was noticing a difference, and after 3 weeks, I'm nearly back to normal. — Kit Gorrell Quote
Help for IBS Home - Welcome to the largest IBS community on the internet
IBS Home
Help for IBS Home - IBS Education, IBS Support, & Self Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS Diet & Recipes
IBS Books
IBS Supplements
Yoga for IBS
Hypnosis for IBS
Tummy Teas for IBS
Get The IBS Diet Cheat Sheet
Trigger Foods, Safe Foods, 10 Commandments of Eating for IBS, More!
Enter First Name:
Enter Email:
We value your privacy

Go straight to the heart of this site with Heather's IBS Diet and break the cycle of Irritable Bowel Syndrome today!

Heather's Tummy Care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    15+ Years in Business!

Help       Get       Help       Follow

Do you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)? You're not alone!
You may feel like you're the only person in the world with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You're not. Living with IBS does not mean suffering in silence or just enduring the misery. This site offers IBS information, support, and immediate tangible help for all Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. We're the largest IBS organization and IBS community on the internet, with over 250,000 subscribers - welcome home!

If you're confident that you've been properly diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, there are several key strategies to successfully manage the disorder.

Irritable Watch what an IBS diagnosis requires!

Once you have a firm IBS diagnosis:
If you're still wondering what exactly Irritable Bowel Syndrome is and whether or not you have it, it's important to see a physician. IBS cannot be self-diagnosed, as there are many other disorders that can mimic Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms and must be ruled out by clinical tests. If you have a firm IBS diagnosis, a very reassuring place to start is with what IBS patients need - but don't get - from their doctors.

IBS - What Is It? Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Spastic Colon?
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as spastic colon, and sometimes improperly termed spastic colitis) is a devastating and incurable condition that afflicts up to 20% of the world's population. It is the most common chronic health disorder in America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, affecting more people than asthma, diabetes, and depression combined.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects more than twice as many women as men, for reasons that are not yet understood. IBS is a physical — not psychological — disorder characterized by lower abdominal pain (spasms or cramps) or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation (or alternating diarrhea & constipation), gas, bloating, and nausea. There is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is actually a brain-gut dysfunction, but there are many very effective ways of controlling and even eliminating IBS symptoms through safe Irritable Bowel Syndrome treatments.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms - What Are They? How is IBS Diagnosed?
It's important to verify that your symptoms match those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome before you accept this diagnosis. As noted, IBS is characterized by continuous or recurrent lower abdominal pain or cramping (from mild to excruciating) in association with altered bowel motility (diarrhea, constipation, or both). Attacks may strike suddenly at any time of day or night, and may occasionally — though not typically — wake you from a sound sleep. Gas and bloating are common, but vomiting isn't, though it can occur due to nausea from the pain. Upper GI symptoms are not a typical part of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For women, attacks are often associated with menstruation. Passing blood, running a fever, swollen extremities, and joint pain are not symptoms of IBS, and point to other disorders. IBS is diagnosed in part by the use of the official diagnostic criteria known as the Rome Guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosis? These Diseases Must Be Ruled Out First!
In addition to verifying that your symptoms match those of the Rome Guidelines, it's also important that the following diseases are excluded before you accept a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

Colon, carcinoid, medullary thyroid cancers
Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)
Bowel obstructions
Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis
Gallstones & Idiopathic Bile Acid Malabsorption
Food allergies & intolerances
Celiac (a genetic, autoimmune disorder resulting in gluten intolerance)
Bacterial infections and SIBO
Intestinal parasites
Ovarian cancer

As a rule, all possible physical, structural, and infectious abnormalities of the GI tract need to be unquestionably eliminated before you agree to an Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis. This requires a physical examination, preferably by a board-certified gastroenterologist. The medical tests needed to rule out disorders other than IBS will depend upon your age, health history, family health background, and specific symptoms.

Once you have a firm IBS diagnosis, take heart. While there is no cure yet, there are many ways to successfully manage - and prevent - all Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. You can control your IBS, not vice versa.

To start feeling better immediately, begin with the Irritable Bowel Syndrome diet and learn why how you eat is just as important as what you eat.

For tangible help, shop for IBS-specific products at Heather's Tummy Store.

Follow the latest IBS news and events here!

Get The IBS Diet Cheat Sheet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Enter First Name:
Enter Email:
We value your privacy

  * Learn IBS Trigger Foods
  * IBS Safe Foods
  * Soluble Vs. Insoluble Fiber for IBS
  * 10 Commandments of Eating for IBS
  * More!

       Heather's IBS Diet Cheat Sheet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome     
     Excerpted from Eating for IBS.

Home | Shop for IBS | STORE FINDER
IBS Discussions & Message Boards | IBS News & Reviews
IBS Diet | IBS Recipes

IBS Quick Tips | IBS Books | IBS Supplements | Yoga for IBS
Hypnosis for IBS | IBS Tummy Teas™ | IBS Glossary | IBS Symptoms
IBS Treatments | IBS Diarrhea | IBS Constipation
IBS Bloating & Stomach Gas | IBS Diet Plan
IBS Abdominal Pain

About Us | IBS Links | Search this Site | Site Map | Shipping & Returns
Privacy & Security | Contact Us | For Doctors & Dietitians
Wholesale | Co-packing Services

© 1999-2017,
USA Copyright Office Registration Number TXU 1-270-858 and others
All information & art is proprietary and may not be duplicated.
All rights reserved.

Help for IBS Legal & Medical Disclaimer
Help for IBS Trademarks

Site updated 4/13/17
Help for IBS is a member of Women's Business Directory


IBS Home
IBS Home