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IBS Symptoms Relapse

Can IBS symptoms return after a year of being symptom-free?

Question – Is it common for IBS symptoms to return after a person has been symptom-free for over a year?


Answer – Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is best thought of as a life-long disorder, just like migraine or asthma. You will always be predisposed to abdominal (tummy) problems but that doesn’t mean to say they will be there all the time. Your tummy is your “‘weak spot,” so that is the area that will likely suffer first for instance when you are ill, eat the wrong thing, or are otherwise stressed. Many patients find it frustrating that they can’t identify why they are having a bad time. It is perhaps best not to try too hard to find the reason as there are probably lots of triggers that we don’t even know about yet.

– Peter Whorwell, MD


Last modified on September 12, 2014 at 01:06:21 PM