Everyone has abdominal discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation sometimes. But more than 25 million people who experience these symptoms have a real and treatable medical condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This quiz can help you decide if you should see a doctor about your symptoms.
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