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Myths that IBS Patients Believe

A diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn't necessarily mean that we immediately understand all the ins and outs of the illness.  We all have some ideas as to what IBS is, and some of them are just not accurate.

The following is not an exhaustive list of myths that IBS patients believe; however, it is a good start to help patients, family and friends realize that some of the so called facts about IBS are pure myth.

9 myths that some IBS patients believe:

  • IBS symptoms are the same in everyone.
  • IBS is caused because of stress.
  • There is no treatment for IBS.  You have to learn to live with it.
  • IBS can lead to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or cancer.
  • IBS is all in your head.
  • IBS always sacrifices your quality of life.
  • Only women get IBS.
  • Eating fiber will cure IBS.
  • I can diagnose IBS myself.