Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestines. It can cause crampy pain, gassiness, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Though it can be very uncomfortable and even disabling, IBS is not an inflammatory disorder and should not be confused with colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, spastic bowel, functional bowel disease, and other serious inflammatory conditions.
About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This website by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders includes pages on characteristics and treatment of IBS.
IBS Page – Irritable Bowel Syndrome Web Sites
This simple but well-organized page covers sites by individuals, educational institutions, student health centers, associations/organizations, commercial sites, testing, books, alternative, pharmaceuticals, newsgroups/discussion groups.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This short but informative fact sheet from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NIDDK) includes definitions, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, diet, medications, links to other diseases, and additional readings. NIDDK also has a separate fact sheet on Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
An good overview from the Mayo Clinic.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Poorly Understood Disorder
This article from the Food & Drug Administration provides different perspectives on IBS. The section on “What Makes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Different [from similar disorders]?” is clear and concise.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Tips on Controlling Your Symptoms
Developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), this section of the AAFP website provides basic information about IBS and suggestions relating to fiber, food, milk, stress, medication, and other factors relating to IBS symptoms. A Spanish edition is available.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Association
The website of this nonprofit organization provides links to a self-help group, webcasts, meetings, books, clinical studies, and other Internet resources. Many of them are simply links to pages. There is also a relatively new series of forums about various aspects of IBS.
Related Subjects
Crohns Disease and Colitis
Digestive Disorders
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