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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal condition affecting the bowel causing frequent abdominal pain and bowel changes, such as constipation and diarrhea. IBS symptoms are unpredictable but have been associated with a high-fat, high-sugar diet, ingesting dairy, stress factors, sleep, genetics and female menstruation. IBS occurs when an abnormality ensues in the regulation of the psychology, physiology, and metabolic process between the stomach and brain causing the bowel to become irritated. IBS takes both an emotional and physical toll on the sufferer.

On average, those who experience IBS miss 4 days from school or work due to this condition, while others experience over seven days of decreased productivity in a month’s time. Emotional feelings of isolation and embarrassment due to the symptoms can lead to depression for those who suffer from IBS. It is very important to seek medical advice when symptoms begin to hinder your physical and mental state.

IBS is classified in four categories based on bowel form and symptoms experienced:

  • IBS-C (Constipation)
  • IBS-D (Diarrhea)
  • IBS-M (Mixed)
  • IBS-U (Uncategorized).

Everyday activities, such as working, attending school and vacationing become difficult due to IBS.

  • 81% avoid activities where bathrooms are not easily accessible.
  • 64% avoid sexual intercourse
  • 55% take over the counter medication
  • 13 million people have difficult or infrequent bowel movements

For those who suffer with IBS, several treatment options are available through prescriptions and over the counter medications. Many physicians also recommend keeping a diary of daily consumed foods to track which of those foods trigger IBS. Knowledge of these trigger foods can help you avoid consumption which, in return, avoids the symptoms that are associated with IBS. If you or someone you know thinks you may be experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome or another medical problem, Physicians Immediate Care is available seven days a week to help guide you. We are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5pm, no appointment necessary. For more information please call 1-888-274-9113 or visit

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