There are some overlapping symptoms between IBS-C and CIC, although they are distinct conditions. The first step to appropriate treatment includes a correct diagnosis. In this article, Satish SC Rao, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, shares his first-hand experience with identifying the right treatment for patients with IBS-C and CIC. Dr Rao sheds light on some of the common challenges in management and discusses ways to improve patient satisfaction.
Irritable bowel syndrome is often diagnosed by a process of exclusion. Variability in symptoms among patients and managing recurring bouts of abdominal discomfort are some of the challenges that patients with IBS grapple with every day. William D. Chey, MD, director of the GI Physiology Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, shares his views on the diagnosis, management of symptoms with dietary changes, and recent advances in the treatment of IBS, including through the use of neuromodulators and cognitive behavioral therapy.