Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 9: What Prompts Patients with IBS to Seek Out Medical Care? (continued)

Gisela Ringström, RN, PhD; Magnus Simrén, MD, PhD

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder affecting approximately 15% of the population. The characteristic symptoms, abdominal pain and/or discomfort associated with disturbed bowel habit (ie, diarrhea, constipation, or an alteration between these two), can be severe in some patients, but also mild and tolerable in other patients.1 A substantial number of people with IBS seek health care for their symptoms and become patients, while others manage their symptoms without consulting the health care system at all. The reasons for this are only partly…