Prognosis for IBS is very good. Patients can have a short duration of symptoms and then be fine for many, many years. Then, there are those patients who have mild symptoms and then they're better for a long time and then they get symptoms again. It's really, really variable. Untreated irritable bowel syndrome can affect quality of life in many people and it can be one of the main causes of missed work. So it's very important that if you have irritable bowel syndrome - find a doctor, find a specialist, get treated because you can lead a very, very normal life with irritable bowel syndrome with all the new advances in the field.
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