Category Archives: Non-GI and Overlapping Conditions

More Things To Say and Not to Say to People With IBS

Recently About.com IBS Guide Dr. Barbara Bradley Bolen blogged on 10 insensitive  comments or close variations often heard by people with IBS from those around us, along with 5 comments that many people with IBS would appreciate as helpful. According to Dr. Bolen, this post grew out of a joint project with many of her fellow About.com Guides who created their …

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Proposed DSM-5 Criteria May Unfairly Label Physical Conditions as Psychological Disorders

UPDATE 01/19/2013: On January 16-17, Dr. Allen Frances communicated directly with IBS Impact to report that the DSM-5 work group has rejected the advocacy efforts spearheaded by Suzy Chapman and him to tighten the criteria for Somatic Symptom Disorder to reduce the chances of mislabeling those with medical illnesses.  Dr. Frances has a new post …

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The Financial Realities of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

With the very specific niche of the IBS Impact site and blog, we are faced with the questions of why people with IBS and those who support us should become involved in awareness and self-advocacy efforts and why people without IBS should care. Why does IBS matter as a broader societal issue rather than as …

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Public Restroom Access and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

UPDATE 5/10/2013: As of April 2013, IBS Impact received information on additional restroom access laws in Maryland and Maine. Please see the May 10, 2013 post. UPDATE: As of August 2012, Massachusetts became the thirteenth U.S. state to enact a restroom access law. See the August 20, 2012 post for details and a link to …

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Student Organization Provides Support and Awareness for Invisible Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses

The IBS Impact founder made contact recently with InvisAbilities, an organization which currently offers peer-run support and other programs for students with invisible disabilities or chronic illnesses, as well as public awareness activities related to invisible conditions, at three universities in Canada. InvisAbilities was founded in 2009 by Julie Harmgardt, a student at Queen’s University …

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Additional Resources for December 6 Online Chat on IBS and Non-GI Symptoms

IBS Impact has been contacted directly by Olafur Palsson, PsyD of the University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders. Dr. Palsson is the primary organizer of the “Evening With the Experts” online chat series, and the presenter for the upcoming December online chat, as non-gastrointestinal symptoms associated with IBS are one …

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UNC Online Chat: “IBS Beyond the Bowel” (Non-Gastrointestinal Symptoms) on December 6.

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders has announced the next online chat in its “Evening with the Experts” series. It will take place Tuesday,  December 6, 2011 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Olafur Palsson, PsyD. of the Center will be presenting on””IBS Beyond the Bowel:  Why Do Some IBS Patients Have …

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IBS and Extraintestinal (Non-GI) Symptoms

Health websites, articles or books directed at the general public typically describe IBS symptoms as abdominal pain and diarrhea, constipation or alternating between the two. This has led to the commonly used abbreviations IBS-D, IBS-C or IBS-A, or, more recently, sometimes IBS-M for mixed. But these different “types” are not always clear-cut in each individual …

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Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders/IBS Considered Presumptive Service-Connected Disabilities for U.S. Gulf War Veterans

UPDATE: These regulations have since been expanded to veterans with service in Afghanistan at any time since September 19, 2001. Next week, on August 15, updated regulations go into effect at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recognizing functional gastrointestinal disorders as disabilities with “presumptive” service connection for any member of the U.S. military …

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