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These advice essays have been written by Forum Moderators and members of the Medical Advisory Board of the IBS Self Help and Support Group. Visitors may rate each essay. Additionally, Members may add their own personal comments to any essay.

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The views expressed in these essays and comments are those of the author and members and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the IBS Self Help and Support Group or Prometheus Laboratories Inc. In no way are these documents meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should it be implied as such. Always check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your condition, or before starting a new program of treatment.

Coping with non–IBS sufferers

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Coping with non–IBS sufferers: Why people are so insensitive, and how you can help them understand
Written by: SophieUK

  • “That’s caused by stress, so what are you stressed about?”
  • “Just stop thinking about it and it will go away.”
  • “Why don’t you go to the doctor?”
  • “It’s all in your head.”

Coming to Terms with an Invisible Disability

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Coming to Terms with an Invisible Disability
Written by: M&M

In this age of self-awareness and pop psychology, a lot of terms get thrown around. One such phrase is “coming to terms” with something—perhaps a loss, a disappointment, a disease. We say that a lot, but do we really stop and think about what it means? Why should we “come to terms” with our disease? How do we go about it? What does that even mean?
What Does It Mean?

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine for IBS Sufferers

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Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine for IBS Sufferers
Written by: Kathleen M.

Many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) try a variety of approaches to find something to help control their symptoms. There is some evidence that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help with IBS ( This article introduces a few basic concepts of TCM and attempts to help IBS sufferers who want to try this approach sort through some of the information available online and what they can expect.
Philosophical Concepts
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