Just a quickie today about two IBS news stories that really highlight the impact that IBS has on us sufferers…
1) IBS accounts for more than 5000 hospital admissions per year in England. The figures were collected by The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) who counted 5370 IBS admissions in 2011 and 5470 in 2010. Full story here.
So IBS is a condition that requires hospital treatment for thousands of patients. Tell that to the next person who says IBS is just an occasional nuisance.
2) A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology looked at the willingness of IBS patients to take risks with their medication. IBS patients told the researchers that they would accept a median 1% risk of sudden death for a 99% chance of cure for their symptoms using a hypothetical medication.
Think about that for a second. We’d swap a small but significant chance of dropping down dead in return for an almost certain cure. Would you risk death to cure your IBS? Many would. Read the abstract of the study here.