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    1. Living with IBS: One Young Woman's Story

      I've had the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome -- a gastrointestinal disorder -- for my whole life, but when I was younger, I didn't realize anything was wrong. My parents thought my cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea were normal because they had similar symptoms. So I thought it was no

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    2. Supplements for IBS: What Works?

      Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is among the most common intestinal maladies and one of the most difficult to treat. No single remedy works for everybody, and there are few drugs created exclusively for IBS symptoms, which include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. "I

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    3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      By Janis Graham Some things just hit you in the gut: Rumors are heating up in your office that there are going to be more layoffs, or the principal calls (your eighth grader is acting up again), and your belly suddenly tightens. You may even need to dash to the bathroom. "The gut and bowel are very

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    4. Treatment Tips for Frequent Heartburn Sufferers

      You're starting to notice that it's not only obvious things -- like too much spicy food or coffee -- that trigger painful heartburn symptoms. Now you're getting heartburn in the middle of the afternoon, just working at your desk, or sitting on the sofa at home. Sometimes you wake up at night with pa

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    5. The Special Risks of Nighttime Heartburn

      For the past seven years, Dave White of Easthampton, Mass., has slept with his head and chest uncomfortably propped up on a pile of pillows. "It's the most difficult part of living with this condition," White says. "There are times when I've almost wept from the frustration of having to sleep [this

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    6. 6 Tips to Ease Exercise Heartburn

      You exercise to feel the burn -- but not that kind of burn. Muscles, yes. Stomach, no. But when you go running, do aerobics, or go to an indoor cycling class, there it is: heartburn. It's not just your legs that are churning, it's your last meal as well, churning right up into your throat. Your exer

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    7. Treatment Tips for Severe, Chronic Heartburn

      No matter what you eat, you worry that chronic heartburn will always be there. You've tried all the antacids, followed a bland diet, given up on certain foods completely. But still you wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes with pain deep in your throat, other times with a sore throat and tro

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    8. Treatment Tips for Occasional Heartburn Sufferers

      You eat a big meal out, late at night. You indulge in seconds and then thirds, have a few too many glasses of wine or cups of coffee, and then go to bed on a full stomach. Wake up a few hours later, and the pain is screaming upward from your chest into your throat. You groan: Sleep is impossible. Yo

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    9. Cooking Tips for Heartburn-Friendly Meals

      Cooking for family gatherings at my house is a little like trying to negotiate an international truce. My father says garlic and onions give him heartburn. My brother-in-law won’t touch anything with tomato sauce. He says it gives him heartburn. And after years of priding myself on having a cast iro

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    10. Heartburn Worry: Serious or Not?

      Heartburn is that awful burning sensation in your chest or throat, usually when acid rises up from your stomach. Heartburn is always an annoyance. But if you’re like many people with heartburn, you also probably find yourself worrying from time to time. Could it be something more serious? Is there s

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