DR. RODGERS: Do you have frequent abdominal pain along with diarrhea or constipation or both? If so, you may have irritable bowel syndrome
and should see a doctor. Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH. Irritable bowel syndrome, known as IBS, is
estimated to affect up to 10 to 15 percent of the population. Many people suffer from IBS but don’t know
that they have it. Symptoms include pain or discomfort in the
abdomen and changes in bowel habits. These symptoms may come and go repeatedly. Seeing a doctor is the first step in treatment. Your doctor may run tests to rule out other
conditions. If you have IBS, your doctor may recommend
treatment such as dietary changes or supplements, medications, and talk therapy or hypnosis. For more information, follow us on Twitter at NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.