The 411 on IBS
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The 411 on IBS

Take our quiz to find out what makes IBS worse -- and what can help.

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The 411 on IBS
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Constipation and diarrhea are other symptoms, too.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: IBS does not cause changes in the bowel, just its function.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Although painful, there should be no intestinal bleeding or permanent damage with IBS.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

IBS affects which of the following organs?

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The correct answer is: IBS is a long-term disease that affects the large intestine.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Doctors can use specific tests to diagnose IBS.

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The correct answer is: This is false. No specific tests can diagnose IBS. The cause of IBS is not well understood, but symptoms often get worse with stress or after eating.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: IBS can lead to more serious diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. IBS may persist for many years, but usually it doesn't worsen over time. It is not related to inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which class of drugs may be prescribed for IBS treatment?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Anti-spasmodics may also be prescribed to help with abdominal cramping.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What percentage of IBS patients are estimated to have food allergies?

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The correct answer is: Approximately two-thirds, or 60 percent, of IBS patients have at least one food allergy.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is the most common food allergy among IBS patients?

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The correct answer is: The most common food allergens that seem to cause IBS are grains, followed by dairy products.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Stress can make IBS symptoms…

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The correct answer is: IBS symptoms may worsen after stressful events, such as a change in daily routine or personal or family problems.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

In addition to medicine, what else do doctors recommend to treat IBS?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you have IBS, your doctor may ask you to keep a food diary to track symptoms and what you eat to determine what foods you should avoid. You may also need to try strategies such as exercise or counseling to reduce stress.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What does gastroenteritis have to do with IBS?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that people with gastroenteritis, an infection of the intestines, occasionally develop IBS, although the connection isn't clear. For these people, antibiotics may help their IBS symptoms.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Caffeine can trigger IBS symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Caffeine can trigger IBS and make symptoms worse.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods may also cause IBS symptoms?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Common triggers for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include particularly high-fat foods, artificial sweeteners and processed foods.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating small, frequent meals can help reduce IBS symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Eating small, frequent meals is a good strategy for treating IBS, as smaller meals can reduce the stress on your gut.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What is acidophilus?

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The correct answer is: Found in yogurt and supplements, acidophilus is a probiotic or "good" bacteria that's considered friendly to the digestive tract. It is sometimes used to treat IBS. Check with your doctor before trying it.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these are alternative treatments for IBS?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can be alternative treatments for IBS. Talk to your doctor about how they work.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What kind of diet may help ease some IBS symptoms?

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The correct answer is: Eating a high-fiber diet that's rich in vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains can ease constipation, but it can also increase cramping and gas. Introduce fiber slowly over several weeks to help your body adapt.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: It can take years to diagnose IBS.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Since there is no distinct cause of IBS, doctors and patients need to rely on a careful history of symptoms to make an accurate diagnosis.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is another name for IBS?

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The correct answer is: IBS is also called spastic colon.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can prevent IBS.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Since the cause of IBS is not entirely understood, there are no proven measures to prevent it. However, you may be able to prevent or reduce symptom flare-ups by managing stress.

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