Healthy Moments Episode

What’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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Apr 4, 2016 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers tells listeners about irritable bowel syndrome and describes treatments a doctor may recommend for it.


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 repeatedly.

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
  • medications
  • and talk therapy or hypnosis

To learn more about IBS, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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