There is no cure for IBS. However many people are able to control their symptoms with lifestyle modifications, stress management, medications, and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment, therefore, is to minimize your symptoms and the effect they have on your life. Treatment involves the following:
At this time, there are no surgical procedures to treat IBS.
American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org/. Accessed March 6, 2006.
Fauci AS, Braunwald E, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2000.
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inc. website. Available at: http://www.iffgd.org/. Accessed March 6, 2006.
Last reviewed December 2013 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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