Sophie is 39 years old and lives on the south coast of England in the UK.
She has a website called IBS Tales, where you can find hundreds of personal stories of IBS sufferers and read about the real impact that IBS has on the lives of sufferers.
The site also contains hundreds of reviews of different treatment options and has been featured in a wide range of publications including Ladies Home Journal in the USA and the Guardian and Daily Telegraph in the UK.
Sophie wrote her own biography called Sophie’s Story: My 20-Year Battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome which tells her complete IBS story in an honest, open manner and tackles some of the many misperceptions about IBS, including the myth that it is “all in your head."
While the exact cause of IBS is still uncertain, doctors believe that these five factors may lead to IBS. Learn more about the common IBS causes here.
Many living with IBS have found that eating a low FODMAP diet has improved their symptoms and quality of life. Learn more about FODMAP here.
Finding an IBS treatment option that's right for you may begin with prescription medications, over-the-counter relief, diet, and simple lifestyle changes.
With a rise in the number of people experiencing this condition, it’s smart to learn the top IBS symptoms, as many people go undiagnosed for years.
IBS diarrhea is one of the three types of irritable bowel syndrome – the other types being IBS constipation and alternating IBS.
What is IBS? IBS is a gut disorder that causes diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain and bloating. It's not life-threatening but can affect your life.
Some researchers believe SIBO may cause some cases of IBS. Learn more about the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and IBS link.
One published study looked at 24 previous studies to search for a link between IBS and fatigue and found a strong correlation between the two.
IBS and back pain appear to be unrelated, yet many people diagnosed with this condition may experience low back pain, especially during the night.
Living with IBS and fibromyalgia comes with challenges, however, there are ways to cope with the two conditions like knowing your triggers and more.