Welcome to HealingDigestiveDisorders.org. This online resource guide brings together a wide variety of balanced and reliable information sources on the treatment of digestive disorders. It is educational and forward thinking, highlighting established therapeutic approaches as well as newer theories on the causes and treatment of each disorder.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the first disorder presented in this evolving educational forum. IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder experienced by 10% to 20% of adults in the U.S. Patients with IBS can have a wide variety of symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or alternating bowel habits. Diagnosis is made on symptom-based criteria (called Rome III) once other medical conditions have been ruled out. The causes of IBS are multiple and continue to be researched. Treatment strategies have focused on specific symptoms, potential underlying causes, and psychosocial factors. While not life threatening or likely to progress to a more serious condition, IBS can nevertheless significantly impact one's quality of life. It is often recurrent throughout the life span, and with its multiple causes, triggers and symptoms, can be difficult to treat.
The Professional Information section written for health care practitioners provides selected and evaluated links to online tutorials, recommended books/tapes/CD-ROMS, and an extensive, up-to-date bibliographic listing of research articles linked to PubMed.
Patient Information provides high quality links to educational, medical and government web sites, complementary/alternative approaches, multimedia tutorials and web casts, books and tapes, message boards and support groups, and research articles annotated for the general public. Of particular interest is the Knowledge Questionnaire, an interactive teaching module that will test your knowledge while providing valuable information on all aspects of each disorder.