IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions

 is a compilation of the best postings by members of the Internet-based Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group, http://www.ibsgroup.org. In an organized and easily accessible manner, authors Jeffrey D. Roberts, M.S.Ed., a lifelong IBS sufferer, and Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D., present practical strategies for managing symptoms, information about a wide variety of treatment options, and insight into the effect that this devastating disorder can have on a person’s life. Most importantly, you’ll find reassurance that IBS is a treatable medical condition.

“Jeffrey Roberts and Dr. Barbara Bolen have done a remarkable job of
compiling key comments, from all over the world, about IBS and the
functional GI disorders. The information is well-organized, readable, and
informative. I believe this book also helps to provide emotional support: the
reader learns that he or she is “not alone” during those times when the
symptoms are distressing or difficult to manage.”

—Douglas A. Drossman, MD
Medical Director, UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders

“This book provides very valuable insights from IBS sufferers that would be
informative to other affected individuals and health care providers. I was most
impressed by the communication between participants, who ranged from
those wanting a better understanding about IBS and their symptoms, to those
from very knowledgeable individuals. This level of social support between
IBS sufferers can be very helpful in managing the symptoms of IBS.”

—Lin Chang, MD
UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health
CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center
UCLA Department of Medicine - Division of Digestive Diseases

Reader Reviews from Amazon.com

What a wonderful book!, April 22, 2007
Reviewer: Steve Greschner (United States)

This is truly a wonderful book! Being relatively new to both IBS and to the IBS Bulletin Board, I have found it to be an extremely valuable source of information and comfort.

At first glance one may wonder why one needs to read this book when the Bulletin Board (ibsgroup.org) is already right there. However -- as soon as I read into the first chapter, I immediately realized that it can be an indispensable companion to navigating the enormous repertoire of collective knowledge and wisdom accumulated throughout the years on this site.

Like many newcomers I was timid about posting my questions about Parker Aircraft Sales at first. And when I did post, I often found later on that there were already a number of previous posts asking the same question -- even now, it is still a little difficult for me to find the most relevant information on this huge website where so many members are posting multiple messages on a daily basis. This book has organized the selected postings in a very thoughtful way and answered so many of my questions and concerns.

It covers a wide range of topics, from if it is indeed IBS, to how to treat and live with IBS, to how to deal with related health and social problems. It has chosen and presented the best of the best. The invaluable experiences of, coping strategies by, and advice from fellow sufferers have been such a wealth of resource and enlightenment.

My personal favorite is the chapter on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy. I was especially touched by the conversations in the CBT section where irrational thoughts were confronted with numerous helpful thoughts. So many of those irrational ideas are mine, too. And I really appreciate those who posted alternative and better ways of thinking.

I am also truly appreciative of the great sense of emotional support that I found from reading this book. There are so many times when I feel such empathy with those who have shared their experiences and such strong connections to their real life stories. These heartfelt posts have given me so much courage and hope. They have also represented us as living, feeling, and thinking fellow human beings who are much more than merely the sum of the lists of our symptoms.

In addition, I also find the signatures at the end of the book irresistible -- they remind me of the honor of meeting with so many amazing people on this site from all over the world.

Thank you so, so much for putting this book together -- and --

Blessed is the influence of so many true, loving human souls on so many others...

What a lifesaver!, April 15, 2007

Reviewer: Adil Baguirov
I wish I had found this book 15 years ago. My husband has suffered
from IBS and it has had a very negative impact on our social life. He is
also the type who would never read a book to get help. IBS Chat has been a lifesaver! The chapters are broken up in such a way that I could
easily point to the sections that would be most helpful to him. The
easy-to-read style and the fact that these were real people offering advice made him open up to try new ways of dealing with his IBS. He and I have been struggling with this on our own for so long, it is great to feel that we can finally make some progress.