Is there a cure for irritable bowel syndrome? This is one of top leading issues when people talking about a chronic lifelong condition such as IBS. Unfortunately, doctors and experts often don’t answer with certainty for the answer. Patients with IBS have a wide variety of prognosis. Some report that they can cure this syndrome, while others (most of them) find it is incurable or chronic.
Nevertheless, most patients are able to cope with the condition – though there are also some patients find that the symptoms can significantly decrease their ability to travel and work.
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Currently, experts say there is no cure for IBS, also called as spastic colon. But they also say that it is a controllable condition. With appropriate strategies (both lifestyle measures and medications if necessary), people with IBS would live normally.
Based on the statistics from many cases of the condition, it is likely to occur in early adulthood. Many times it affects people by age of 35 or younger, though it can occur at any age!
There is usually no specific test for IBS. To make a diagnosis of this syndrome, doctors usually only analyze signs and symptoms you have.
Sometimes a few tests are also probably required, because having some symptoms of IBS doesn’t mean that you definitely have this syndrome. These tests may include stool cultures and blood tests.
Also, there are some medical conditions that cause similar symptoms (e.g. ulcerative colitis /Chron’s disease, celiac disease (an allergy to gluten foods), and colon cancer).
As mentioned before, in general this syndrome has no cure! The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may get worse for a month /few weeks and then disappear for a while. They may come and go. But there is also a chance to keep the condition off for most of the time.
The good news, the symptoms often respond with lifestyle measures and medications (if necessary). Even many patients find that they’re able to control the symptoms naturally without medical intervention.