Julie C. is newly engaged and planning a wedding -- and busy in her career as an office supervisor in social work for a non-profit organization. She has an active lifestyle and little time to have a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome get in the way.
Julie’s story (based on an interview):
Julie recalls having the typical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome while she was in college, which was abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, and alternating diarrhea and constipation. That was more than 15 years ago. At that time, she had a full schedule of courses, worked part-time and had several internships with local businesses. “I thought that these symptoms were related to my lifestyle of being ‘on-the-go all the time’ and never linked to a medical condition,” Julie said.
Once Julie graduated from college and started work as a social worker for a non-profit organization, she had an active work schedule with meetings in the community throughout the day. “I was beginning a new career with major responsibilities, which was an exciting time of my life. I had to do well at work but I also had to manage my painful intestinal problems, which meant having to frequently stop in bathrooms at client sites, which was incredibly embarrassing. Although my coworkers were understanding, the condition affected my life and my work.”
Julie had suffered intestinal problems for years that were eventually diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome by her primary care doctor about five years ago. She went through the usual diagnostic and blood tests and was even prescribed some prescription medications for her abdominal flare-ups. She was instructed to alter her diet, exercise regularly and take part in stress management techniques, even yoga. Julie read all she could about the condition of irritable bowel syndrome and the various treatment alternatives. “I knew that IBS is a functional disorder and there is no cure, so I had to find a way to live with the condition. I also didn’t like the idea of being on a prescription medication for the rest of my life that had the potential to cause unpleasant side effects.”
Recently, Julie was searching for more natural products to help ease the symptoms of her condition quickly and reliably. “I came across IBgard® and discussed this product with my doctor, who recommended that I try it under medical supervision,” she said.
“After taking IBgard® on a regular basis for 2 to 3 times a day for several weeks, it changed my life for the better and gave me peace of mind. I also take great comfort in the fact that IBgard® is a natural product with no added chemicals,” she said. “I don’t worry now about being in the bathroom because of intense cramping and bloating and having bouts of diarrhea and constipation. IBgard® has a soothing effect on my gut. The product completely diminished my abdominal cramping and bloating – and now, for the first time in years, I have normal bowel movements.”
Julie said that “taking IBgard® saved my life. I can go about my usual day, or even go on vacation or out to dinner with family and friends, with the peace of mind and confidence that a natural product, like IBgard® works and makes a difference.”