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Coping with IBS

Q Dear Emma, I’ve been having digestive problems and my doctor thinks it is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. How do you recommend coping with abdominal discomfort while dancing? I’m finding it hard to hold my stomach in and it’s making me lose confidence.

– 18 year old female dancer, Brisbane

Dear Dancer,

You are not alone! Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects many dancers – particularly girls. Its symptoms include constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, gas, pain and discomfort in your gut which

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