Patient shares how she learned to control her IBS

Being afraid to leave your house is something that people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D) struggle with on a daily basis.

One Arizona woman was living that life until she met Dr. Elizabeth McConnell at McConnell Colorectal Center in Phoenix.

“I really couldn’t leave the house because I never knew when I needed a bathroom.”

The patient didn’t realize diet could be the answer she was searching for year after year.

“I didn’t pay attention to what I was eating because I always thought I was eating healthy.” “When I got to see Dr. McConnell, which was within 48 hours after calling her office, she immediately got my records from my primary care physician.

“She did an exam and then told me I think we can control this problem with diet,” the patient continued.

McConnell gave her a packet of information on modifications she could make to her diet.

This included going towards a more plant-based diet and getting rid of dairy, sugar, white flour and red meat.

“It made all the difference in the world, even though I had read about going towards a more plant-based diet for years, I never really considered giving up my steaks,” she said.

Since incorporating more fruits, vegetables, turkey and fish into her diet, the patient said she has lost six pounds and doesn’t worry about whether there is a bathroom nearby anymore.

“I like Dr. McConnell’s holistic approach because she started with nutrition in my treatment process,” she said. “I also felt she wanted to partner with me in finding a solution to my problem.”

The patient couldn’t feel healthier these days.

“It will take some determination, but if you follow the diet recommendations seriously and read up on what the doctor is telling you to do, you will understand better why things function normally.”

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