Slide Shows

Module 1: Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This slide show provides an overview of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition that causes abdominal pain and discomfort associated with changes in bowel habits. You can learn about symptoms, causes, risk factors, and different types of IBS. You can also learn about possible complications of IBS, why it is difficult to detect, and how IBS is different from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A healthcare provider can help you manage IBS with the latest information and treatments. They can help you see a specialist if needed. Working with your healthcare provider is the best way to get the care you need.
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Module 2: Diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This slide show explains the tests that healthcare providers use to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), how to prepare for an IBS evaluation with your healthcare provider, and alarm signs that could indicate a serious condition other than IBS. It's important to remember that IBS can often be diagnosed without extensive testing. Tell your healthcare provider about all your symptoms, even if they seem embarrassing. If you have alarm signs, seeing a healthcare provider as soon as possible is important. Learning more and talking with your provider are important steps toward better health.
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Module 3: Managing and Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Managing and Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This slide show provides an overview of what you can do to manage and treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is managed with a combination of diet, medications, and other treatments. You can learn about the importance of working with a registered dietician to develop a personalized nutrition plan to reduce IBS attacks. A nutrition plan may include trying a low-FODMAP diet. You can also learn about IBS treatments such as fiber, supplements, peppermint oil, prescription-only medications, and investigational treatments being studied in clinical trials. Cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnotherapy have been shown to help. Each person's IBS is different, so your treatment should be personalized to you and your symptoms.
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This educational activity has been developed by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from AbbVie, Ardelyx, and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

This website is part of the Animated Patient® series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.