Cybill Shepherd has IBS

Cybill Shepherd has done a wonderful thing – owned up to having IBS, and even specified her symptoms – constipation, abdominal pain and bloating.

This is doubly wonderful because she’s not exactly the person most of us would associate with gut trouble, and by speaking out she has shown that anyone can get IBS, even glamorous showbiz types who’ve hung around with Bruce Willis.

This is what she says:

“For years I have been battling recurring constipation, abdominal pain and bloating. Go ahead and laugh. We laugh because we’re embarrassed. In order for us to get relief, we have to talk about our symptoms and stop suffering in silence.

I have tried nearly everything; changing my diet and watching what I ate. I exercised regularly. I even tried taking fiber supplements and over-the-counter laxatives, but nothing helped with all of my symptoms.

My doctor used to tell me it was all emotional and psychological. So I got a new doctor. And a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation. It was a huge relief to find out that my IBS with constipation was not all in my head and that it was a treatable medical condition. My doctor prescribed ZelnormĀ® and it has provided me with relief for all my symptoms. In a lot of ways, I feel like my old self again.

So I started talking to other people with this condition. That’s why I’m working with the National Women’s Health Resource Center and Novartis to educate women about IBS with constipation. If you are one of the millions women who suffer from recurring constipation, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS, you are not alone! Help is available, but don’t wait. Take action and talk to your doctor. Maybe Zelnorm is right for you.”

And the more of us own up, get out there and try to get help, the better we’ll all feel.

3 Responses to Cybill Shepherd has IBS

  1. Is this only a woman’s issue?
    Is this also common with men?

  2. Hi – I’m afraid that IBS does occur in men as well, although around two-thirds of sufferers are women and only a third men. If you click onto the main IBS Tales site and go into the Suffering Tales or Happy Tales you will see specific sections for men and you can read some personal stories of IBS from a male point of view.

  3. My Mother AND my brother have IBS as well as myself. I often joke with my brother that he knows how labor feels because the cramps from IBS are so similar it is scarey. One time, I was having an EXTREME bout of it and I told the nurse in the ER that I would rather be in labor because at least you would have a baby and not a load of ****.