Feb 6, 2012 |
Dr. Rodgers describes the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and talks about treatments.
Do you have frequent abdominal pain along with diarrhea
or constipation, or both? If so, you may have irritable bowel syndrome and
should see a doctor.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin
Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases at NIH.
Irritable bowel syndrome, known as
IBS, is estimated to affect up to 10-15% of the population. Many people suffer
from IBS but don’t know that they have it. Symptoms include pain or discomfort
in the abdomen and changes in bowel habits. These symptoms may come and go
Seeing a doctor is the first step in treatment. Your doctor may run tests to
rule out other conditions. If you have IBS, your doctor may recommend
treatments, such as:
- dietary changes or supplements
- and talk therapy or hypnosis
To learn more
about IBS, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers
with the NIH.