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A 44-year-old female asked:

What is irritable bowel syndrome and do you have it the rest of your life?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
IBS: Ibs is a syndrome characterized by bowel symptoms (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain, etc.) which are related to intake of food or elimination. Other causes of symptoms such as gluten enteropathy, lactose intolerance, intestinal infection, etc must be ruled out.
Dr. Mark Gromisch
39 years experience
IBS: Ibs is often a diagnosis of exclusion; meaning other causes such as inflammatory bowel disease have been excluded. It can manifest as abdominal pain with constipation, diarrhea or a combination of both. There are multiple meds that may be helpful. There is a psychological component often where stress or anxiety can exacerbate the symptoms. Often the severity of the symptoms may wax and wane.

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Greenwood, IN
A 44-year-old female asked:

What causes irritable bowel syndrome and do you have it the rest of your life?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
IBS: … is not a disease, as much as an abnormality of the function of your digestive tract. We do not know what causes it, and do not have a "cure" for it. Things that can help include increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and noting whether any particular foods make your symptoms worse, and obviously avoiding those if so. If it is still a problem in your daily life, then you should see your physician to discuss it.

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