IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects up to 55 million (one in five) Americans, mostly women. IBS causes are unknown. IBS disorder interferes with the normal functions of the large intestine.

Quick Facts

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Cramping

Common Causes: 

What causes one person to have IBS and not another? No one knows. The following have been associated with a worsening of IBS symptoms:
  • Large meals
  • Medicines
  • Wheat, rye, barley, chocolate, milk products
  • Alcohol
  • Drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, or colas
  • Stress, conflict, or emotional upsets

Diagnosis:

  • Medical history review and review of symptoms
  • Physical examination
  • Stool and blood tests
  • X-ray
  • Endoscopy

Common Treatment:

  • No cure has been found for IBS, but many options are available to treat the symptoms
  • Medications and supplements 

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