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Behavioral Medicine Clinic


Are You Suffering From IBS?


Do you or someone you know regularly experience pain or discomfort in the stomach area in addition to suffering from bowel problems such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or a combination of these symptoms?

If so, you may have a medical condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. IBS may be something you’ve never heard of, but you may be all too familiar with some of the symptoms below.

Symptoms of IBS

IBS is called a syndrome because it includes a set of symptoms that group together but are not always the same in every patient. Common symptoms that make up irritable bowel syndrome include any combination of the following:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Feeling of bloating

Having two or more of these symptoms for any three months in the last year may mean you have IBS, and you may qualify for an important research study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. This landmark clinical trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, features clinically proven, non–drug treatments that can relieve pain, discomfort and bowel problems in patients with even the most severe forms of IBS.

Unless properly treated, these symptoms can have a significant impact on one’s ability to work or carry out daily activities. An advantage of drug–free treatments is that they offer significant relief from IBS symptoms without the serious side effects associated with some IBS medications.

In return for study participation, eligible participants will receive:

  • Free diagnostic assessment to confirm you have IBS
  • Free treatment
  • Payment for your time

For more information or to schedule a confidential evaluation to confirm you have IBS, contact us online or call us at 716–898–4458. Please leave your name, telephone number, and the most convenient time when we can reach you.

Study participation is dependent on screening and eligibility criteria.