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How does irritable bowel syndrome affect a person's ability to work?

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is especially hard on people at work, but there are ways to cope.

Even getting ready to go to work can be hard for people with some types of IB S. It's not unusual for IBS sufferers to have four to five bowel movements before they leave the house.

Leaving the working world is just one of the things people with IBS do because of their disorder. Sufferers often miss or are late for work, school, and other activities.

SOURCES: Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group. Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group in Summit, N.J. Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." web site: "Irritable bowel syndrome in a community: symptom subgroups, risk factors, and health care utilization." Hulisz D. 2004; 10 (4): pp 299-309  




American Journal of EpidemiologyJ Manag Care Pharm, .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES: Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group. Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group in Summit, N.J. Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." web site: "Irritable bowel syndrome in a community: symptom subgroups, risk factors, and health care utilization." Hulisz D. 2004; 10 (4): pp 299-309  




American Journal of EpidemiologyJ Manag Care Pharm, .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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