IBS-C (Constipation)

IBS-C (Constipation)

IBS-C (Constipation) Research Study

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition marked by bouts of abdominal pain and/or discomfort that occurs with changes in bowel habits. There can be episodes of diarrhea, constipation, or episodes of both. Abdominal discomfort or pain is found with all types of IBS.

There are about 30 million people in North America that have IBS with Constipation. (IBS-C) The diagnosis includes: abdominal pain or discomfort at least 3 days a month for the last 3 months that either:  improves once the bowel movement occurs; occurs with a change in how often the bowels move; and/or a change in how the stool looks. The person with IBS-C is also found to have at least ¼ (25%) of bowel movements be hard or lumpy. It is a chronic condition more common in women than men, and may start during the teen years.

The abdominal pain and discomfort of IBS is not completely understood, but it is believed that the intestines of the IBS patient are overly sensitive to things that people without IBS are not affected by. Theories include prior damage to the lining or nerves in the intestine cause them to be more sensitive than previous and possibly IBS patients have more pain receptors in the intestines than those without IBS.

IBS-C is a condition that has very few medications available. Current studies are testing medication that has been shown to be well tolerated and may improve bowel movements while decreasing abdominal pain.


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