Is It Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Stomach cramps, gas, bloating and a constant see-saw between constipation and sudden attacks of diarrhea. Sound familiar? That's the constellation of symptoms that people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) struggle with every day. What's worse, though, is the suddenness of IBS attacks, which leave IBS sufferers constantly on alert for the nearest bathroom.Read more
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10 to 20%
The percentage of Americans who have IBS
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q&As
Bill Salt, MD
What disorders may be mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
There are several different disorders and diseases that the doctor needs to consider in what is called "differential diagnosis." These are conditions that could be masquerading as IBS and that require proper diagnosis and treatment . . .
- Q Can irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) be prevented?
- Q How can chronic stress affect irritable bowel syndrome?
- Q How do I know if I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Q Why is family history important in an irritable bowel (IBS) diagnosis?
- Q Does stress cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Q What are common triggers for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Q Can I try alternative remedies for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Q Can psychotherapy relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms?
- Q How does dietary fiber affect irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Q How can I control my IBS symptoms?
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Discussions on DailyStrength
So confused, kinda scared?
Always in pain
Sugar and stress seem to be the biggest triggers for me, outside of dairy that is, and they are two things I seem to be addicted to. Working hard at not letting it get me down! It's good to hear that you are doing everything possible and I hope to hear you find some relief. Keep us posted and take care!