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Ibs Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions [Paperback]

Jeffrey D Roberts Barbara B Bolen

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Book Description

Jan. 17 2007
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, 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


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (Jan. 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595398278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595398270
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 14.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #826,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lifesaver! April 15 2007
By Kay Bee Oh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide for IBS Sufferers? YES! July 28 2007
By T. Phelan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
During one of my recent visits to the IBS Self-Help & Support Group, I noticed a promotional ad for IBS Chat. Beneath the image of the book cover, the tagline read, "Your essential guide to IBS Relief." A bold statement, if ever there was one - especially when you consider that there are literally dozens of IBS self-treatment books in print that claim to have "the" cure for IBS. However, having read this book from cover to cover, I can honestly say that Jeff Roberts and Barbara Bradley-Bolen have definitely created a top-notch, unparalleled (and, yes, essential) resource that every IBS sufferer should read.

In my opinion, one of this book's greatest strength (and what sets it apart from so many other IBS self-help books) is that the authors recognize and emphatically acknowledge that IBS is not a one-size-fits-all condition, but rather a complex disorder that so often affects different people in very different and individualized ways. And not surprisingly, there is still no single treatment or cure that works for all sufferers or all symptoms. So it is only fitting that the book gives readers insight into a broad range of treatment options to consider or discuss with their doctors. As anybody with IBS can tell you, getting an official medical diagnosis is rarely the end of your journey. To the contrary, it is often only the beginning of a long, frustrating quest to find which specific treatments will work best for your particular set of symptoms and triggers - a process of elimination, if you will.

And that brings me to what really makes IBS Chat so unique and helpful. While it may have the look, feel, organizational structure, and (at over 500 pages) weight of a volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the beauty of this book is that its advice comes from actual, real-life IBS sufferers who have chosen to share their personal stories so that other people can benefit from their experiences. Take it from somebody who made the mistake of battling IBS all by myself for far too long - we need all the help and support we can get! And thankfully, that's exactly what IBS Chat delivers.

- Tim Phelan, Author of Romance, Riches, and Restrooms: A Cautionary Tale of Ambitious Dreams and Irritable Bowels
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book! Sept. 14 2013
By Nancy H. West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book! Good information and some very helpful suggestions. Easy read. Need all the help I can get on topic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IBS Chart: Real Life Stores and Solutions Feb. 25 2008
By Suzy-Q - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although I am still on my search for a cure -- not just treating the symptoms, this book reminded me that I'm not alone. It also re-enforces the need to get to the heart and cause of this curse. Twenty percent of the total population is entirely too many souls to ignore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars better online Oct. 25 2007
By Steven C. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lots of information and real life stories - nothing you wouldn't get from the [...] website. The website is easier to navigate for specific issues.

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