IBS Awareness Day 2020: IBS Cheatsheet

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Juman Hamza

Community Manager

Since we can’t hold an in-person IBS awareness event on the latest science around the condition like we did last year in London, we wanted to provide you with something equally valuable.

We’ve combed through the world wide web to find you the best online resources for IBS - a “handy guide for IBS under-quarantine” if you will. Something you can save and come back to whenever you’re feeling a little alone or misunderstood.

Also don’t be shy. If there’s something you’ve been using that we’ve missed out let us know and we’ll take a look!


IBS Charities

These charities are a blessing for those of us with IBS. Not only do they make IBS-ers feel less alone, they approach taboo subjects head on - incontinence an’ all.

UK

https://www.theibsnetwork.org

You’ve likely heard of them, the IBS Network have been working for nearly 30 years to support people living with IBS.

https://loveyourgut.com

Love Your Gut is a nationwide initiative, dedicated to highlighting the vital role of the digestive system and the importance of maintaining good gut health. We found the #GutTalk Guide on how to speak about your condition particularly handy

While not entirely focussed on IBS, Hypnotherapy Directory is an online directory of UK Hypnotherapists with many specialising in IBS. The service is free, confidential and easy to use.

North America:

badgut.org

Run by the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, the GI Society (aka. Bad Gut) provides evidence-based, free patient information in this sorely neglected area.

ibspatient.org

The creators of World IBS Day, The IBS Patient Support Group was launched in 2016 as a public education community for sufferers. They only share evidenced-based medicine and non-anecdotal treatment options for patients and run a Live IBS Chat each Sunday 8pm (EST) with a Slack group you can join here

IrritableBowelSyndrome.net

This site aims to empower patients and caregivers to take control of IBS by providing a platform to learn, educate, and connect with peers and healthcare professionals


Love to Tweet? Here are some valuable accounts you may want to Follow..

@BrennanSpiegel

The UCLA Professor of Medicine & Public Health and Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology - his tweets are focussing on the intersection between GI and COVID19.

@RomeFoundation

A group of GI Physicians with a goal to improve the lives of people with Functional GI Disorders (IBS, Functional Dyspepsia, Globus, Functional Heartburn, etc)

@SameerkBerry

GI Fellow at UMichMedicine, ex-CedarsSinai. Podcaster @ImpossibleHC & @HealioGastro

@TheGutHealthDoc

Dr Megan Rossi. Author, Eat Yourself Healthy. MicroscopeKCL King’s College London Research Fellow. The Gut Health Clinic


More of an Instagrammer? Double tap away:

@em_clarkson

Self-professed over-sharer, runner and IBS-sufferer, Emily is a breath of fresh air in the Instagram arena.

@shecanteatwhat

Aesthetically-pleasing and delicious FODMAP friendly recipes, Emma is a cookbook author and cookery writer.

@myibslife

Need a laugh? (Don’t we all..). This account mixes IBS with humour and we are living for it.


Love a good website or app? Check out our digital solutions:

Zemedy

Our app, Zemedy, provides you with a specialised IBS programme based on cognitive therapy to help you manage your IBS symptoms. All you need is a phone, an internet connection, and some free time.

The Gut Stuff

The Gut Stuff (run by The Mac Twins) have made it their mission to educate the public on gut health. Their brand isn’t just good looking, it's also packed with user-friendly gut info.

Laura Tilt

If you need some expert advice on nutrition give Laura’s website a look and her Gut Loving Podcast a listen. She’s a registered dietitian with three nutrition-based degrees to her name.

IBS/Reddit

If you’re a forum fam, you’ll love this IBS Reddit forum. Full of anecdotes about IBS, it’s worth a scroll if you feel like no one “gets it”.

IBS Webinars

The Somerset NHS team have created an amazing website with webinars/videos for patients with IBS. These webinars are ‘on-demand’ so you can watch them at a time and place that suits you without having to travel to a hospital appointment.


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