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    1. IBS-D Travel Tips

      Whether you’re planning a business trip to Boston or a fun family getaway to the beach, travel always involves a little anxiety. What if my flight’s delayed and I miss the connection? Will there be any good restaurants within walking distance of my hotel? But if you have irritable bowel syndrome wit

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    2. Stress, Anxiety, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      It's not entirely clear how stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome are related -- or which one comes first -- but studies show they can happen together. When a doctor talks to people with this digestive disorder, "what you find is that about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one

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    3. 7 Tips for Exercise Success With a GI Disorder

      She’s always been active, but when Megan Starshak began having gastrointestinal issues as a teenager, it put a serious cramp in her exercise routine. “I was running in Florida on spring break in high school, and all of a sudden, I had to go to the bathroom -- badly,” says Starshak, who's now in her

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    4. Get Relief From IBS

      Ten years ago, Nikki Martinez lived in constant pain. "I had cramping, constipation, diarrhea. I was so nauseous, I almost couldn't stand eating." Martinez, then 30, was eventually diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a collection of symptoms that affects up to 1 in 5 people. "We don't com

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    5. 5 Things to Know About Digestive Health

      Your digestive tract, which starts at your mouth and goes all the way through to your stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus at the other end, has a big job to do. And when there's a problem with the system, the signs are easy to recognize -- diarrhea, bloating, constipation, and belly pa

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    6. When Can Probiotics Help?

      As probiotics have become more popular, researchers continue to study these "good" bacteria. Results show they can help with digestive problems as well as other health problems that range from eczema to children's colds. These natural microbes can be found in foods like yogurt as well as supplements

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    7. IBS During Pregnancy: What to Expect

      Most pregnant women can expect some GI challenges during those 9 months. Morning sickness and heartburn are common. The iron and calcium in prenatal vitamins can make you constipated. Plus, your growing baby is physically pressing against your organs as food moves through them. If you already have i

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    8. What Are Probiotics?

      Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help ke

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    9. Fibromyalgia and IBS: What’s the Connection?

      Knots grip your arms and legs, and your muscles ache. Your belly has cramps, too. Could the pain be connected? If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or fibromyalgia, it’s likely you have the other one, too. They often happen together, but how they are related is not understood. Only a small amo

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    10. Help for IBS: Medications, Diet, and More

      Today, people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have more medication choices than ever before, and doctors know more about how to treat the condition. Because IBS symptoms vary from person to person, there isn't one remedy that's best for everyone. "It really has to be tailored to the patient," sa

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