Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive problem that causes episodes of abdominal pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. There are no physical signs of disease in the intestines and no specific tests that diagnose the condition. Systems often get worse with stress or after eating.

IBS can persist for many years. An episode may be milder or more severe than the one before it. One good bit of information, the disorder itself usually does not worsen over time. It does not lead to more serious diseases such as cancer.

Stress management, diet changes and, in some cases, medications are helpful in managing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

I hope and pray that this information has helped someone today.

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