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Do people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often have other medical conditions?

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People who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) tend to have other conditions along with it. Doctors aren't sure why it happens, but most of the time, there are things you can do to ease your symptoms, whatever their cause.

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

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