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What Are Your Tips For Dealing With IBS?

Because it really can cause a shit ton of issues. (Sorry.)

Irritable bowel syndrome can be debilitating and seriously affect the way someone lives their everyday life.

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Some common symptoms of IBS include cramping, gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation.

And there is no way to cure it per se, which means you have to learn how to manage the symptoms to the best of your ability.

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That's why we want to know what tips/hacks you use to make living with IBS a little less ~unpredictable~.

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Maybe there are certain over-the-counter meds that you take before (or after) every meal to avoid an unhappy digestive tract.

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Because we all know how that ends.

Or you have a specific eating pattern/schedule that helps your bowels stay a little bit more ~regular~.

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Breakfast at 8 a.m. ✔️ Coffee at 9 a.m. ✔️ Bathroom at 9:30 a.m. ✔️

Perhaps you make sure to know where every public bathroom is ahead of time, wherever you go.

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It takes minimal effort and will probably end up being INCREDIBLY worth it.

Or you've got specific date-night spots that are guaranteed to have ~safe~ menu options for you and your irritable bowel.


Um, I'll take the dish that won't send me to the bathroom for two hours.

Maybe you always carry napkins and paper towels on you just in case a public restroom runs out of toilet paper.

Literally, the stuff of nightmares.

Or maybe there's a routine you have (things you say to yourself, positions you sit in, etc.) that really helps you conjure the willpower to hold it in until you make it to the next restroom.

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Gravity is the enemy.

So we want to know: what things really make the difference in helping you deal with your IBS symptoms?

Tell us in the dropbox below and your answer could appear in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post or video.