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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

A condition with recurring episodes of abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is diagnosed when no clear cause can be found despite investigations. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but stress and certain foods are known to cause flare-ups.

Typical Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Feeling uncomfortably bloated after meals

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea followed by constipation, or vice versa

  • Diarrhea commonly occurs before going to school

  • Abdominal pain which improves after passing stool

  • Pass motion more frequently when there is abdominal pain

  • Passing loose stools when there is abdominal pain

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you feel bloated after meals?

  • Do you frequently feel the need to have a bowel movement but can't?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Do you have alternating diarrhea and constipation?

  • Do you have morning diarrhea before school?

Treatmentof Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is treated by avoiding triggers and alleviating symptoms. Identifying triggers like dairy, beans, fried food, or stress may help. The doctor may prescribe medications to relieve symptoms of diarrhea or stomach cramps. A FODMAPs diet may also be effective.

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References

  • Borghini R, Donato G, Alvaro D, Picarelli A. New insights in IBS-like disorders: Pandora's box has been opened; a review. Gastroenterol Hepatol Bed Bench. 2017 Spring;10(2):79-89. PMID: 28702130; PMCID: PMC5495893.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495893/

  • Fond G, Loundou A, Hamdani N, Boukouaci W, Dargel A, Oliveira J, Roger M, Tamouza R, Leboyer M, Boyer L. Anxiety and depression comorbidities in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2014 Dec;264(8):651-60. doi: 10.1007/s00406-014-0502-z. Epub 2014 Apr 6. PMID: 24705634.

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  • Altomare A, Di Rosa C, Imperia E, Emerenziani S, Cicala M, Guarino MPL. Diarrhea Predominant-Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D): Effects of Different Nutritional Patterns on Intestinal Dysbiosis and Symptoms. Nutrients. 2021 Apr 29;13(5):1506. doi: 10.3390/nu13051506. PMID: 33946961; PMCID: PMC8146452.

    https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/5/1506

  • Nee J, Lembo A. Review Article: Current and future treatment approaches for IBS with diarrhoea (IBS-D) and IBS mixed pattern (IBS-M). Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2021 Dec;54 Suppl 1:S63-S74. doi: 10.1111/apt.16625. PMID: 34927757.

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Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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