Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the colon. This common disorder causes abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, mucus in the stool, diarrhea and constipation. These signs and symptoms can be disabling at times and for some, not respond well to medication. Fortunately, it does not damage the colon or increase your risk for developing colorectal cancer.

The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but it has been determined that certain foods (chocolate, dairy products, and caffeine); an increased level of stress, hormonal changes and other illnesses may trigger IBS.

For most cases, making simple lifestyle changes and managing your stress level can help control the signs of IBS. For more severe cases, additional steps may be necessary, such as taking fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medication, avoiding high-gas foods/beverages, antibiotics and counseling.

If you an experience any of the above symptoms or notice a sudden, unexplained change in your bowel movements, please contact your physician.

For more information about IBS or for help and support in how to manage this disorder, visit the IBS Support Group website.

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