Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The stress of not knowing when IBS will strike

IBS is a recurring condition that can often last for years. While symptoms may come and go, they often appear at the same time and can include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Because the condition is unpredictable, you never know when you might experience IBS symptoms such as diarrhea. The uncertainty can cause anxiety about participating in social activities because of the fear of always needing to be near a bathroom. You may limit your activity and/or involvement in things you would normally do. Some people may also feel depressed or sad, experience low energy, and feel tired.

Bacteria play a role in IBS

There are trillions of bacteria that live in everyone’s digestive tract.

Most bacteria are considered to be good—the kind that keep you healthy. But your digestive tract also has bad bacteria. When you have IBS, it means you have many more bad bacteria than normal in your large intestine.

These bad bacteria are inside of your intestines, making them less able to protect your body from disease-causing microorganisms. This can lead to increased irritation, making your symptoms worse.

There are trillions of bacteria that live in everyone's digestive tract

If you are looking for an option to help with your IBS, talk to your doctor about how a probiotic like VSL#3® can help.