There Is a Light at the End of the Tunnel

, Jan Gunnar Hatlebakk1 and Trygve Hausken1

Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway



  • Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a tortuous disorder and interferes with the patients’ daily activities, it does not develop into a serious disease or kill its sufferer.

  • There is evidence that IBS can be inherited.

  • In mild and moderate IBS, a combination of dietary management, probiotic intake, and regular exercise are sufficient to control the symptoms. This can be supplemented by taking an appropriate medication on bad days.

  • In severe IBS, gastrointestinal-directed hypnosis is effective.

  • There are effective symptom-based medications for IBS.

  • Patient motivation, collaboration, and a will to make lifestyle adjustments are required to control IBS and enable these patients to lead a normal life.

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Oct 6, 2016 | Posted by in GASTROENTEROLOGY | Comments Off on There Is a Light at the End of the Tunnel
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