The message that treatment can improve the quality of life was issued as the fourth Annual Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month was launched by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
Fewer than 50% of IBS sufferers seek advice from a doctor, the foundation said.
|Less than 50% of IBS sufferers seek advice from a doctor.
|The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders |
And, even then, the condition is so common that it accounts for 12% of visits to primary care physicians and 28% of consultations with gastroenterologists.
Professor Douglas Drossman, a gastroenterology specialist at the University of North Carolina, USA, said, "People need to recognize the symptoms of IBS and effectively communicate them with their physician. For some, IBS can be a severely debilitating condition.
"While there is no cure for IBS, if it is properly diagnosed and treated, a person's quality of life can improve dramatically."
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