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Is There a Cure for IBS? What to Know About Treatment  The New York Times

Here’s what experts do (and don’t) know about this perplexing condition


By Alice Callahan

Alice Callahan has a Ph.D. in nutrition.

April 25, 2023

Q: I was just diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. Am I destined to deal with its symptoms forever, or is there a cure?

The hallmark symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are difficult to ignore — abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas.

It’s no wonder, then, that the millions of people who have the condition in the United States may wish for a treatment that helps them to completely recover.

But just as there is no cure for other chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, said Dr. Brian Lacy, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., there is no cure for I.B.S.

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