Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the large intestine (colon) that affects one in 10 people worldwide. With IBS, the muscles in the colon may:
The causes of IBS are unknown, but there are certain stimuli that may trigger symptoms of IBS. Although triggers may vary from person to person, they include:
Risk factors for developing IBS include:
Just like triggers vary greatly from patient to patient, so do symptoms. Common IBS symptoms include
Since the cause of IBS is unknown, treatments focus more on relieving symptoms. In the majority of patients, mild symptoms can be fully managed with certain changes in diet and lifestyle. Dietary suggestions may include:
As surgery is not performed for IBS, medication may be required for those with more severe symptoms. Medications may include:
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