According to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association, roughly 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms. Characterized by such symptoms as cramp-like abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, IBS can be uncomfortable and distressing. However, it does not cause permanent harm to the intestines, or
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Up to 40 million Americans have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but diagnosis can be a drawn-out process that often involves invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies. Diagnosing IBS in older adults is also complicated by the fact many seniors take medications that can cause symptoms similar to IBS.