February 1999 Issue
Some Soothing Solutions for an Irritating Bowel Problem
Q. I think I have irritable bowel syndrome. What advice can you offer? A. If you experience crampy abdominal pain, gas, bloating, feelings of incomplete evacuation and more than occasional bouts of diarrhea, constipation or a combination of the two, you may indeed have an irritable bowel. If so, you're not alone. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also known as spastic colon, affects 35 million Americans. IBS is a functional disorder, meaning
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