How Long Does IBS Last?
Does IBS go away? How long does IBS last? Those are good questions. Anyone who has IBS or thinks they have it, wants those answers. In fact, those are questions people have for most any medical problem. But, the answers to the questions, as for most conditions, aren’t simple.
Serious GI symptoms
Symptoms, like those described for IBS (above), with any of the following, may mean there is a serious problem: low iron in the blood (anemia), blood in the stool, weight loss, a fever, a family history of colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or symptoms that started after age 50. The person should contact their doctor for an appointment.
Symptoms often change over time - this may be from day-to-day or they may get better for a while and then get worse.
Symptoms are similar to other GI disorders. This also makes it hard to diagnose.
Symptoms vary from person-to-person. They may range from mild to disabling.
There are no diagnostic tests for IBS - no lab test, no imaging, no other type of test.
Doctors use the Rome IV criteria to help diagnose. It is very specific and means a person has had recurring abdominal pain at least once a week in the last three months.
The pain is associated with at least two of these criteria:
The pain is related to bowel movements
The bowel movements occur more or less often than usual
The stool is different than usual (harder, softer)
When making an IBS diagnosis with this criteria, doctors also include the length of time a person has had symptoms before IBS was diagnosed - in this case at least six months. So...
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That said, there isn’t an exact answer. IBS usually changes over time-there may be long periods without symptoms, but they often return.
How Long Does an IBS Flare-Up Last?
The length of IBS flare-ups vary. They may last for days or weeks and your symptoms may change during the flare.
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The Bottom Line
Or, if your doctor told you that you have IBS, you can also complete our assessment and we’ll provide a customized program to help lessen your symptoms.
If you want more information about IBS, Goodpath has it. Please go to our “Learn Center” for IBS information from our medical team.