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 Zelnorm® 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.