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."
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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