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Making Sense of IBS: A Physician Answers Your Questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS, which affects almost one in six Americans, is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. Today more than ever before, physicians are able to diagnose this complex disorder, understand and explain its origins, and develop a treatment plan that effectively meets the individual needs of a patient.

Drawing on his many years of experience treating people who have symptoms of IBS, Dr. Brian E. Lacy explains normal digestion, the causes of IBS, how IBS is diagnosed, and what to expect with treatment. He also explores special topics such as IBS in children and psychological, hypnotherapeutic, and psychiatric therapies. Important new information in the second edition includes• The roles of fiber, gluten, lactose, and fructose in the development and treatment of IBS• The use of probiotics and antibiotics to treat IBS• Similarities and differences between IBS and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)• The relationship between small intestine bacterial overgrowth and IBS• How to make the most of your visits to a gastroenterologist• Lifestyle modifications that can improve symptoms of IBS

Making Sense of IBS is an essential resource for anyone who has symptoms or a diagnosis of IBS as well as for health professionals who treat people with this complex disorder.

About the Author

Brian E. Lacy, Ph.D., M.D., FACG is currently a Consultant and Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He previously worked at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he was Section Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Lacy’s clinical and basic science research interests focus on disorders of gastrointestinal motility, with an emphasis on irritable bowel syndrome, achalasia, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, acid reflux disease, constipation, intestinal pseudo-obstruction and visceral pain. He is the author of 195 peer-reviewed articles on gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional bowel disorders, in addition to multiple text book chapters. Dr. Lacy is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and is a member of a number of different scientific organizations, including the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society. Dr. Lacy is the current co-Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He is the former Editor in Chief of Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. Dr. Lacy was the co-Chairman for the Rome IV Committee on Functional Bowel Disorders. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Rome Committee and the American College of Gastroenterology.

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