U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 38-year-old member asked:

is ibs(irritable bowel syndrome) a true medical condition ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: In fact the gastroenterology society has strict guidelines on describing it. One such guideline is the rome criteria which distinguishes between ibs that is constipation or diarrhea predominant.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Yes.: In ibs, the bowel looks normal, even under the microscope. But it reacts to stimuli differently than normal bowel does. For instance, distention that does not cause pain in a normal bowel can cause a great deal of pain in someone with ibs. There is ongoing research on this.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
As much as 20% of the population may have at least a mild form of this common disorder. Treatment is mostly avoidance of stress and specific foods or additives.
Dec 20, 2012

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 30-year-old member asked:

If someone has a medical condition known as irritable bowel syndrome and have been told to avoi coffee, would it be forever or just for a while?D

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Again I suggest: As i've mentioned before i discourage excessive caffeine intake when dealing with any GI disorders as well as excessive alcohol intake. And that is a lifetime adjustment you need to make in order to keep things under proper control. Starbuck's hates me but oh well, so be it.

Related questions

A 33-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Jan 6, 2018

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.