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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Prevention

Follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations as outlined above, and as discussed with your physician. Avoiding triggers is the best way to prevent symptoms of IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Prognosis

Because irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic (long-term) disease, symptoms usually return from time to time. This may be influenced by factors such as stress, diet, or other environmental causes. No known treatment cures IBS. Multiple factors may play a role in aggravating IBS, so it may be difficult to predict which may make IBS worse for a particular person. Establishing a good relationship with a doctor may help alleviate concerns over symptoms and allow rapid recognition of changing or worsening symptoms.

Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine


National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Alosetron. Lubiprostone. Tegaserod.

Author: Gary R Lichtenstein, MD, Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Coauthor(s): Jenifer K Lehrer, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Everett Stephens, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Louisville. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Richard Harrigan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine.

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