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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause abdominal cramping, bloating, and a change in bowel habits. Some people with the disorder have constipation. Some have diarrhea. Others go back and forth between the two. Although IBS can cause a great deal of discomfort, it does not harm the intestines.

IBS is common. It affects about twice as many women as men and is most often found in people younger than 45 years. No one knows the exact cause of IBS. There is no specific test for it. Your doctor may run tests to be sure you don't have other diseases. These tests may include stool sampling tests, blood tests, and x-rays. Your doctor may also do a test called a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. Most people diagnosed with IBS can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, probiotics, and medicine.

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  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (National Library of Medicine)  
    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause abdominal cramping, bloating, ...
  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome Introduction Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a very common intestinal disorder. About 15% of all American adults have symptoms of IBS. Irritable ...
  3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Heartburn, Dyspepsia: What's the Difference? (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders) - PDF  
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  4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
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  5. What I Need to Know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome From the National Institutes of Health Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... Bowel Syndrome What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome On this page: What is irritable bowel ... Pronunciation Guide For More Information Acknowledgments What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome * (IBS) is a ...
  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... Topics and Titles : Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children On this page: What is ... through Research For More Information Acknowledgments What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional ...
  7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Complementary Health Practices: What the Science Says From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)  
    ... Health • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Complementary Health Practices : What the Science ... Read our disclaimer about external links More About Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Complementary Health Practices Clinical Guidelines, Scientific ...
  8. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    ... Submit Home > Publications > Our publications > Our publications Publications Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) fact sheet Print this fact sheet Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) fact sheet (PDF, 533 KB) Related ...
  9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Complementary Health Practices From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)  
    ... help ensure coordinated and safe care. Top About Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS is a chronic disorder that interferes ... Systematic review: complementary and alternative medicine in the irritable bowel syndrome. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics . 2006;23(4):465– ...
  10. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... to minimize or prevent these symptoms. What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common problem with ... talking to someone can make you — and your irritable bowels — feel better! Reviewed by: J. Fernando del Rosario, ...
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