Stressed Brain, Stressed Gut
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: How To Get Your Life Back
A college student misses classes because she is stuck in her room with nausea, pain, and gas.
A 46-year-old man doesn’t make it to the bathroom at a football game and now worries about “close calls” or “disasters” every time he leaves the house for an event or travel—which he does less and less.
A 50-year-old women with IBS constipation worries about having a bowel movement anywhere except her home because of the time she requires—and the noise from gas and odor.
All these people have learned to live with the embarrassment, pain, and social limitations that accompany irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. While there are many reasons for their symptoms, many have an extraordinary reaction to stressful situations. They are not alone.
What is IBS?
Do any of these scenarios describe your life? Most people reading this know at least one person with this common condition—at any given time, 10 to 20 percent of a population may have IBS.