What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestines with recurring symptoms that include abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea).

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"IBS in America" Survey Highlights Physical, Social and Emotional Impact

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects nearly 35 million people in the U.S. alone. Misinformation and a cycle of self-treatment leads individuals to suffer for years, sometimes decades, before seeing a doctor.

The "IBS in America" survey is the most comprehensive IBS survey of both patients and physicians ever conducted, polling more than 3,200 IBS sufferers and 300 physicians in an effort to better understand this condition.

The survey demonstrated that the symptoms of IBS are often so bothersome and unpredictable that they interfere with daily life at home, work and school, and many people suffer for years before seeing a doctor. AGA suggests three things individuals can do to help their doctor manage their IBS — Speak Up Early, Completely and Often. With open, honest conversations and feedback, doctors are more likely to be able to help their patients navigate their own IBS treatment path.

Key Survey Findings

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You can also visit these additional resources for more information.

About Your Gut
Mayo Clinic
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse