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What is IBS? 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestines that may lead to cramping, gassiness, bloating and changes in bowel habits. Some people with IBS have constipation; others have diarrhea, and some people experience alternating bouts of each.

As opposed to other intestinal conditions, such as Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, IBS does not cause inflammation of the intestines or permanent damage. Managing diet and limiting stress can control most of the symptoms caused by IBS.

Nutritionists can work with your gastrointerologist to develop a clinically sound diet that can help to control your symptoms of IBS.

If you would like to learn more about IBS or to schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital gastrointerologist, please call (504) 456-5000 or visit


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