Irritable Bowel Syndrome, often abbreviated as IBS, is a chronic condition characterized by constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, bloating, irregularity, and cramping. IBS affects approximately 55 million Americans, and is more common in women than men. For an IBS sufferer, it can often feel as if they’re all alone, despite the other 55 million Americans dealing with similar symptoms. It is often a taboo subject to discuss, and many are still uncomfortable having a discussion about their bowel habits.
In times of difficulty, it can be helpful to know that there are other people suffering as well. Celebrities are not exempt to this condition, and those who are outspoken help to raise awareness of this condition. As a cure is sought after, here are a few celebrities who have suffered or presently suffer with IBS:
- Franklin Gutierrez
- Camille Grammer
- Tyra Banks
- John F. Kennedy
- Kurt Cobain
Gutierrez, a Major League baseball player, suffered for quite some time from a “mysterious” illness that was forcing him to miss practices and games. After multiple doctor visits, he was finally diagnosed with IBS in 2011.
The television personality and former wife of actor Kelsey Grammer, Camille Grammer was diagnosed with IBS in 1996, and has been very forthcoming about her diagnosis and her condition. She and ex-husband Kelsey made numerous radio and television PSAs in coordination with the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, stating “We need to be able to talk openly about any medical condition that causes so many people to suffer in silence.”
Model, actress, and television personality Tyra Banks publicly spoke with Janet Jackson in Vanity magazine about her IBS; she describes herself as “very gassy”.
Former United States president John F. Kennedy was holding the most powerful position in the world when he was tragically assassinated in 1963. For years, not much was known about his health before his death, but in 2002, it was revealed that he suffered from extreme bouts of diarrhea, which caused him so much physical distress that he needed the male hormone testosterone in order for his muscles to recover. While his condition was diagnosed as spastic colitis, today it would be described as IBS.
Frontman for the band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain struggled with depression, drug addiction, and as more information comes to light, severe stomach discomfort. He was never officially diagnosed, but he suffered from severe pain for a very long time, “over 6 years”, according to a YouTube video. With new advances in medicine and understanding of IBS and similar diseases, we only wish that this great musician could have lived to experience better health.
Even celebrities and famous people are not immune to this difficult condition. If you’re struggling with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Therapy may be able to help.