You never have to face IBS alone -- especially when you're online.
Millions of people around the world have IBS, so it's a popular topic on the Web. But not all of the information you find, no matter how well intentioned, will be accurate or up-to-date.
Chat room discussions can offer people with IBS a lot of emotional support. But they're not always the best source of medical advice.
Always confirm what you read about IBS on the Web by checking several reliable sources and talking with your doctor or other health care providers.
If you still want to learn more about IBS after exploring IBSLiving.com, visit the sites below.
Sites to discover
The American College of Gastroenterology, Patient Information on IBS
Physician association site with PDFs of articles and patient booklets, including resources on IBS in women.
Overview of Citrucel with SmartFiber, a 100% non-fermentable fiber product that can restore regularity without causing excess gas*. Explains Citrucel with SmartFiber's advantage over other fiber products and includes special offers.
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Allows for quick searches of over-the-counter and prescription drug information. Also provides news updates on drug approvals and applications.
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, IBS site
Includes background on IBS, treatment strategies, publications, glossary and more. IFFGD is a nonprofit education and research organization for people with gastrointestinal disorders.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group
Patient advocacy site, with links to IBS articles, videos, audio and books. Lists meetings, sponsors an IBS pen-pal program and also hosts blogs and bulletin boards.
Mayo Clinic, Irritable Bowel Syndrome page
IBS information from one of the world's most respected medical institutions. Covers IBS risk factors and screening as well as complications, self-care, coping skills and more.
MedicineNet.com, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Center
Features health articles about IBS symptoms, treatments and medications. Includes a "Doctors' Views" section and descriptions of diagnostic procedures and tests.
MEDLINEplus, Irritable Bowel Syndrome page
Comprehensive health and drug information site from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes medical encyclopedia, dictionary, directories and current health news.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Searchable site from the National Institutes of Health. Gathers information on research and clinical trails relating to "alternative" treatments for health problems, including IBS.
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Features information on IBS and digestive diseases, including statistics, clinical trials, publications and other resources.
The National Health Information Center (NHIC)
Health information referral service under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Site includes searchable resource database to link people to health organizations and government offices with the information they need.
Comprehensive information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as herbal medicines and nutritional supplements. Site also covers disease overviews, clinical trails and treatment options.
Searchable catalog from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, with over 16 million citations of medical articles from the 1950s to the present.