welcome to ibs tales!
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or care about someone who does, this site is for you. My name is Sophie Lee and I have had IBS for over 20 years. I am a reluctant expert on this painful, misunderstood disorder and I started IBS Tales in 2003.
I am also the author of Sophie's Story: My 20-Year Battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome which tells my complete IBS story, from food poisoning at age 12 through years of constipation, diarrhea and pain and then finally some relief after almost two decades.
What you can find on this site...
Why create a site like IBS Tales?
Because I've had IBS since I was 12, and I know what IBS sufferers go through. We suffer from a disorder that is not only painful but also incredibly embarrassing. We get told by our doctors that our problems are in our minds or that IBS is untreatable.
Friends and colleagues tell us that IBS doesn't exist or that it's cured with a bit of bran. Family members think that we are exaggerating or using our symptoms as an excuse.
And everybody thinks that IBS is no big deal. They're all wrong! The stories on IBS Tales show just how this disorder can affect your life, your work, and your sanity, and it's about time that we started getting the respect that we deserve.
The stories and treatment reviews also show that it is possible to beat IBS. There are drugs that works, there are supplements that work, and there are diets that work, and no-one who suffers from IBS should feel alone. There is a way out, and I very much hope that you find comfort, understanding and support right here on IBS Tales.
Why not start with some of the site's most popular pages? You can read reviews of Miralax, an IBS Diet, a wheat-free diet, Metamucil, Citrucel, Dulcolax, Buscopan, Librax and Questran.
Disclaimer: This site has been written entirely by IBS sufferers, not qualified medical professionals, and does not offer medical advice. The information on this site does not replace any advice received from health professionals.
What IBS sufferers (and a doctor) have said about IBS Tales...
'Today I found this website, read one of the stories and cried. It is such a relief to know that other people feel this too. The fear I feel is indescribable when I know I need to get to the toilet, and I know what is in store. Sometimes when I'm in pain I wonder if childbirth will be as bad as this.' Diana
'I just want to say that I spent an hour reading these stories with tears in my eyes, a knot in my stomach and a pair of lighter shoulders. I cannot believe that I am not alone in every aspect of discomfort and misery!' Lynn
'For the last year or more, this website has given me the courage to begin to speak out - publicly - about this wretched condition. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.' Rebecca
'I have just discovered this website and it has given me much comfort as no-one else understands the embarrassment, worry and pain unless they have IBS.' Alicia
'I'm now 20 and suffer from IBS. I try and make light of it but I actually cried reading this website as it was the first time I didn't feel like an utter freak. Thank you so much.' Lisa
'I've just received a copy of Sophie's Story and you mention a gluten-free diet so I'm now going to try that because there really is nothing else left. You have really been an inspiration to me and I thank you for that.' Linda
'A fascinating and moving site for anyone with IBS, their relatives and doctors.' From the book IBS: Answers At Your Fingertips by Dr Udi Shmueli, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Northampton General Hospital, UK
30 September 2017
Read new IBS Tales from Lee and from Lynn. There's a new review of the fodmaps diet today, a review of Dicetel and a review of Colestid.
19 August 2017
Read a new IBS tale from Lily, a new review of a wheat-free diet and a review of Imodium.
7 August 2017
There's a new review of Pepto-Bismol and one of Linzess.
27 June 2017
Read new reviews of Welchol and Linzess and a new IBS Tale from Elizabth.
18 June 2017
There's a new review of Linzess and one of Miralax.
6 June 2017
Read a new review of acacia fiber today.
27 May 2017
There's a new review of Librax and a new IBS story from Matthew today.
13 May 2017
Read new reviews of Metamucil and Fybogel today.
2 April 2017
There's a new review of Citrucel today.
1 March 2017
Read a new review of Questran today.
21 February 2017
There's a new review of Linzess, one of glycerin suppositories and reviews of codeine and Imodium.
12 December 2016
Read a new story from Olivia.
4 November 2016
There's a new review of Dicetel today and another of Dulcolax.
24 October 2016
Read new reviews of Dulcolax and probiotics and a new IBS tale from Anon.
18 August 2016
I've added a new page to provide information and reviews on the low fodmap diet.
17 August 2016
There's a new review of Linzess today and another of Benefiber.
24 July 2016
Read a new review of Exlax and a new IBS story from Amy.
8 July 2016
There's a new review of Pepto-Bismol today.
6 June 2016
Read a new review of magnesium and a happy tale from Joan today.
19 April 2016
There's a new story today from Amanda in the women with IBS-C section.
3 April 2016
Read two new reviews of Dulcolax plus a new review of probiotics today.
30 March 2016
There's a new IBS story from Ally today.
23 March 2016
Read new reviews of Lotronex and flaxseed today.
14 February 2016
There's a new review of magnesium and a new IBS tale from Janice today.
10 February 2016
Read new reviews of Duspatalin, Dulcolax and Buscopan.
2 February 2016
There are new reviews of Imodium, milk of magnesia and enemas today.
17 January 2016
Read new reviews of Dulcolax, Fybogel and Benefiber.
4 January 2016
There's a new review of codeine today.
18 October 2015
Read a new review of Effexor today.
1 September 2015
Read a new review of codeine today.
10 April 2015
There's a new IBS story from Peter in the IBS-D section.
10 January 2015
Read a new review of Questran.
5 December 2014
There are new stories from constipation-predominant sufferers Kerrie and Kathryn (who says she loves my book Sophie's Story: My 20-Year Battle with IBS - thanks Kathryn!) and from Carsen in the teenagers and constipation section.
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