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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Disease State Management

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects over 10% of the population in the US, and is the most common intestinal disorder that is diagnosed by gastroenterologists. IBS is not a true disease, but is typically characterized as a "functional" disorder because it impairs the body from functioning normally. IBS is more common in women than men, and patients typically have symptoms of pain in the abdomen, painful diarrhea or constipation, abnormal mucus in the stool, and a feeling of bloating that begins around the age of twenty. Since IBS in not caused by a structural abnormality, it is typically diagnosed by the characteristics of the symptoms. However, physicians will typically test patients by performing a colonoscopy, endoscopy, x-ray, or blood tests to rule out more serious problems.

IBS treatment will be determined by the severity of symptoms that a patient experiences. Symptoms will vary by patient; however, 70% of people with IBS report mild symptoms, 25% report moderate symptoms, and only 5% report severe symptoms. IBS treatment is, at best, an exercise in trial and error. Some patients will have little resolution in symptoms from the following treatment options, while others will experience success from the same treatment options. So, encourage your patients to continue to try different treatment protocols even if they have had little success in the past. Treatment options for IBS are modification of diet and avoidance of foods that may worsen symptoms like: fatty foods, milk products, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. Patients that are unresponsive to dietary modifications may be candidates for some of the new drug treatment protocols, such as Lotrenex® (alosetron hydrochloride) and Zelnorm® (tegaserod maleate), that have shown some recent success.

Links - Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group is in support of those who suffer from IBS, those who are looking for support for someone who has IBS, and medical professionals who want to learn more about IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Web Sites This site provides many useful links to those who are suffering from, or curious about IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping everyone who suffers from IBS through patient support groups, treatment, accurate information and education.

IBS Breaking The Bonds A book written by Dr. Barbara Bradley Bolen, clinical psychologist, provides a comprehensive overview of IBS, describes its treatments, and helps readers establish healthy new eating habits.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment A website moderated by longtime sufferer, Sophie Lee.

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