Frequently Asked Questions
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
IBS is a disorder in the large intestine that is characterized by chronic abdominal pain or discomfort and abnormal bowel movements. The cause is unknown but related to abnormal, spastic contractions of the intestinal wall.
Informative video: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/multimedia/irritable-bowel-syndrome/vid-20084703
Does diet affect IBS? What is the appropriate diet for someone with IBS?
IBS is chronic but symptoms can be managed with appropriate diet and lifestyle changes. Click here for more information.
How common is IBS?
IBS is a very common problem, with many people still undiagnosed. Currently 5 million people in Canada and 58 million in the US suffer from the disorder.
How is IBS different than IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)?
IBS involves problems with intestine motility (contraction of gut wall to move food down) and sensitivity while IBD is an autoimmune disorder that causes swelling and sores in the bowel. Both IBS and IBD are chronic but the symptoms of IBD are relatively constant while IBS symptoms come and go and can be reduced with lifestyle adaptations.
Will my IBS get worse over time?
IBS symptoms vary on a daily basis, but the IBS itself will not get worse over time.
If I have IBS, I am at increased risk for developing other, more serious digestive conditions?
No, IBS will not lead to IBD, cancer or any other digestive disorder.
What is gastroparesis?
Gastroparesis occurs when the stomach muscles do no work properly, or at all, resulting in incomplete emptying of the digested stomach contents. This can interfere with digestion, cause decreased nutrition and blood sugar levels, and nausea. Currently, there is no cure for gastroparesis, but diet can minimize symptoms. For more information, click here.
What is pseudo intestinal-obstruction?
Pseudo intestinal-obstruction is a very rare disease characterized by recurrent signs of small intestinal blockage without ever discovering a lesion blocking it. For more information, click here.