Celebrities Living with Disabilities: IBS

Celebrities Living with Disabilities: IBS

At Share Lawyers, we think it’s important for you to know you’re not alone. In fact, many celebrities have Long-Term Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses, such as IBS. Click here to read other posts in the series, on celebrities with Skin CancerLyme DiseaseLupus and Diabetes.

IBS Symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms can vary widely case by case and can include some or all of the symptoms possible for IBS.

The cause of IBS is unknown, but experts believe it is tied to poor communication between the brain and the intestinal tract. This can lead to abnormal muscle contractions or spasms and cramping. The spasms may lead to the other symptoms of IBS – diarrhea, constipation and bloating.

IBS Has Affected Many Celebrities

Celebrities Affected By IBS

IBS affects a lot of people, celebrities included. Big name celebrities like model and entrepreneur Tyra Banks manage symptoms carefully. On her talk show, Tyra famously confessed that she “feels like she can telegraph her farts”. Model and actress Jenny McCarthy also famously opened up about her battle with IBS. In her book, Jen-X, Jenny details her struggles with the disorder in multiple chapters, including a red carpet memory where she was squeezed into a tight dress while experiencing horrible diarrhea. If you don’t keep up with pop culture or are unfamiliar with these ladies, here’s a famous politician with IBS that you’ll remember – former US President John F. Kennedy.

IBS is quite common in North America. It affects as many as 1 in 5 American adults, but not all those with symptoms reach out for help. If you have any of the symptoms of IBS, talk to your doctor. Stress management, lifestyle and dietary changes can make symptoms more manageable.

Were you surprised by any of the celebrities who suffer from IBS? Do you know any other celebrities with IBS?

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