Treating Irritable Bowel Poses Challenges

No diagnostic test and limited meds are among hurdles faced by those with digestive disorder

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Irritable bowel "is an illness that doesn't look like a major disease, but it significantly affects quality of life," Rao said. "We have to tailor treatment to the needs of the patient, and that often includes a whole host of wonderful people like doctors, nutritionists, pain specialists and more, depending on the situation and the patient's needs."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on irritable bowel syndrome.

A companion article details one woman's methods for coping with IBS.

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