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Your Answers: The Worst IBS Advice (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("It will get better") to the plain unhelpful ("Don't let it bother you"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • Just don't eat things that upset your tummy
  • It will get better.
  • Watch what you eat!
  • Eat more fiber
  • Don’t let it bother you
  • It will go away, right?

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about IBS do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

A myIBSteam Member said:

"It's just stress." Yes, stress makes it worse, but stress is not the cause of my symptoms.

posted about 1 month ago

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