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IBS sufferers react to pain differently

January 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Researchers find women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) anticipate and react to pain differently than women who don't have the chronic condition.That finding may help doctors find a better treatment for IBS. UCLA researchers found that women with IBS can't switch off a pain mechanism in the brain, which makes them more sensitive to abdominal pain.

Experts hope the research leads to a better understanding of the disorder. The majority of people who have IBS - close to 75 percent- are women.