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Digestive Problems: 10 Tips for Daily Life

8. Seek Support for Digestive Problems

Don’t try to hide your digestive problems from family, friends, and caregivers. Help them understand how, when, and why digestive problems affect you. Explain what they can do to support you emotionally and practically. Let them know what your self-care plan is. Inform them that problems such as diarrhea or gas pains may strike unexpectedly when you’re with them.

Sometimes it helps to connect with other people who suffer from similar digestive problems. A support group (in person or online) may help end your isolation and provide a forum for exchanging ideas and support. Ask your doctor or local hospital to recommend a group that might be right for you.

9. Take Charge of Your Digestive Problems

Partner with your doctor by providing detailed feedback and asking questions about your condition and treatment program. If the medication your doctor prescribed isn’t effective or has unacceptable side effects, speak up. There may be other medications you can try. Before trying over-the-counter remedies or supplements, check with your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects and drug interactions. Keep track of your experiences and questions so you can discuss them with your doctor.

10. Beware of Miracle Cures for Digestive Problems

Alternative digestive treatments such as colon cleansing and fasting are widely touted in some articles and advertising. Although some alternative treatments show promise, many are expensive, ineffective, or downright dangerous. Always consult your doctor before trying any alternative therapy or supplement.

Reviewed on March 08, 2010
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