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