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How challenging is it to live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Your stomach can cramp up in the mornings, and you can feel like you need extra time to get ready and need to look for restrooms everywhere you go. Exact IBS symptoms and their severity differ for everyone. For many people with IBS, however, daily life is greatly influenced by the way their digestive system behaves. A flare-up of symptoms can mean hours of misery.

SOURCES: 

Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, IBS Self Help and Support Group. 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Mayo Clinic. 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 26, 2020

SOURCES: 

Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, IBS Self Help and Support Group. 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Mayo Clinic. 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 26, 2020

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