Some people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can also experience symptoms common in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like gas, bloating, constipation, or abdominal pain. This episode aims to help patients understand the overlap between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and IBS from both physician and patient perspective. Dr. Katie A. Dunleavy from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, joins us to explain how and why the medical components of IBD and IBS can cross paths and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, which includes pharmacological, dietary, behavioral health and other interventions. We’ll hear first-hand from Tina Aswani Omprakash, Patient Thought Leader & Founder of Own Your Crohn's, who shares her personal health journey and offers tips for communicating with healthcare providers and living with a chronic illness. Johannah Ruddy, COO and Executive Director of The Rome Foundation, and co-founder of Tuesday Night IBS, shares her patient perspective and highlights the role of cognitive behavioral therapy.
Johannah Ruddy is a national expert, researcher and writer on teaching communications skills to patients and providers and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rome Foundation. Ms. Ruddy has 22 years of executive leadership experience working with a variety of nonprofit organizations nationwide and a strong background in writing for patients as well as a speaker at GI practices, medical centers and conferences in the area of provider communication and patient advocacy.
Ms. Ruddy has authored and co-authored eight articles on IBS, navigating the health care system and the role of gender bias in health care published in Gastroenterology, Lancet Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Journal of Crohns & Colitis.Her new book, co-authored with Dr. Drossman, Gut Feelings- Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions, A Guide for Patients and Doctors is now available on Amazon.
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