Patient Videos

Module 1: Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How did you find out you had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and how was it diagnosed?
Amy describes the symptoms and experiences she had leading up to her diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She says understanding and accepting she had IBS was a lengthy journey, as she sought help from many healthcare providers to address her ongoing symptoms (episodes of abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea) and had many tests. Finally knowing her diagnosis gave her hope and relief.
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What advice do you have for others on their journey with IBS?
Amy shares advice for others who are on their journey with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She encourages others to become their own advocate and emphasizes the importance of finding healthcare providers you feel comfortable with to be part of your support team. She says there will be challenges and it will take time, but you can get your quality of life back.
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Module 2: Diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What diagnostic tests did you have for IBS? What was your experience like?
Amy discusses the range of diagnostic tests she had leading up to her diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She also talks about her experiences and some of the frustrations she had on the journey towards her diagnosis.
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What has been the biggest challenge for you with your IBS?
Amy discusses what her biggest challenges have been living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She talks about her personal challenges, picking the right food to eat and adjusting her diet accordingly, and the overall impact on her quality of life.
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Module 3: Managing and Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What successes and challenges have you had with managing and treating your IBS?
Amy describes the successes and challenges she has experienced with managing and treating her irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some of the challenges she faced were acknowledging she had IBS and finding the right healthcare support team. Getting through these challenges enabled her to manage her IBS successfully.
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This educational activity has been developed by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from AbbVie, Ardelyx, and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.