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Nearly 2,000 IBS patients surveyed in 2007 by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders reported that diagnosis of their IBS was typically made 6.6 years after the symptoms began.

This would indicate that IBS
is a common yet puzzling
medical diagnosis.

Understanding IBS

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common health problem, affecting up to one in five people. IBS is a functional bowel disorder and usually a diagnosis of exclusion. Due to limited effective treatment options, many people suffer for years with this problem with a significant reduction in their quality of life.

Patients often experience:

  • Chronic abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Gas and/or bloating
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Cause undetactable through conventional testing
IBS affects 1 out 5 North Americans
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