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Colonoscopy benefits outweigh risk of IBS flare up  Chicago Sun-Times

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Dear Doctors: My internist has recommended a colonoscopy. I dread having it because I’m concerned about the liquid laxative prep it requires. I suffer from IBS, which is often painful. Is it possible the prep will provoke a severe IBS occurrence?

Dear Reader: Unfortunately, there is no clearcut answer. 

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a disorder that causes pain, discomfort and dysfunction in the large intestine. In addition to cramping, bloating, gas and abdominal pain, people with IBS experience ongoing episodes of diarrhea or constipation, often both. A chronic condition, it has no cure.

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