IBS won’t damage your bowels or lead to other gastrointestinal diseases, so in that sense, it’s not a dangerous condition, but the symptoms of IBS can be very disruptive. Many people with IBS find themselves planning their lives around having access to a bathroom, and when their symptoms act up, it can ruin their day. Not only are the symptoms themselves unpleasant, but the resulting embarrassment and anxiety often compound the problem.
The symptoms of IBS can change over time, so you may have diarrhea sometimes and constipation other times. Your symptoms may stop and start unpredictably and for no apparent reason. Even when your symptoms have subsided, you may worry about when they’ll return, so it’s difficult to feel truly free from IBS without treatment.
If you have gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, or cramps often enough to impact your life, you should see Dr. Abitbol to find out if you have IBS or another chronic condition.