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A 43-year-old male asked:

can ibs cause mild lower abdominal discomfort, sporadically throughout the day (mostly at night for me)? also is ibs mostly a result of psychology?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
IBS: Yes, IBS can cause the symptoms you mention. The gut is often called the "second brain" and responds powerfully to emotions such as anxiety & depression. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Consider getting some support w/a clinical psychologist who can help you learn how to manage stress more effectively. Peace and good health. Consider probiotics to help gut.
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Yes: to the first question, but no to the second. IBS is made worse by anxiety/stress, but is thought to be more of a physical condition. You can modify its symptoms a lot by experimenting with diet, supplements, even meds, but do this under the supervision of someone who is competent, licensed and has experience in this area. Don't make the symptoms worse.

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