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April is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month

Posted: 12:59 PM, Apr 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-13 16:59:43Z

April is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month. 

As many as 13 million Americans suffer from IBS with constipation or IBS-C1. 

Amber Vesey was one of those people that spent too many years of her life suffering with the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with constipation or IBS-C, as it's better known. 

Once her IBS-C was properly diagnosed, she learned how she could best manage the condition. 

Since that time, Amber has become an advocate for the importance of awareness about the condition; she’s even started a blog to support other who are suffering.

With so many myths and misconceptions about IBS, it’s easy to go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and untreated for years. 

In a survey commissioned by the American Gastroenterological Association, as many as 75% of the diagnosed IBS-C patients cited abdominal pain and constipation as the symptoms that ultimately led them to speak to a healthcare professional.

In the the same survey, 77% of people with IBS symptoms tried OTCs or home remedies before speaking with a healthcare professional, reporting that they tried an average of more than 3 OTCs.  

Amber shares her story along with Dr. Su Sachar, who offers tips and must-have advice for those living with IBS.