I think the basics are useful tools in trying to understand IBS. Such as:
1. Diagrams or drawings of the entire GI tract.
2. Simple, laymen's terms of how the GI tract works.
3. Diet suggestions are helpful (low fiber vs high fiber, eliminating gluten for some people, etc.).
4. Finally, fiber supplements, medications, probiotics would be another useful area to list these in.
I know I didn't quite understand how a GI tract functions until I had a colon resection, cancer, temporary colostomy, etc. While I don't always have the correct medical terms for parts of the tract, I know where the colon starts, ends and points in between, when my stomach is doing it's heaving and rolling dance, I know what's coming - gas and bm's. So I make sure I'm near a bathroom.
Again, I wanted info so I searched for it. One of the most foolish things for me would have been to take one colon surgeon's advice - "eat anything you want, take Immodium, enjoy life!".........I have thought of his absurd suggestion many, many times over 11 years. How foolish it would have been for me to throw caution to the wind and take his advice. Sigh.....I'm a firm believer in helping each other.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily