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Published on Mar 25, 2009
The burden of illness resulting from chronic pain or discomfort and other symptoms associated with functional GI disorders remains underappreciated by everyone, it seems except those who experience it, or those who are truly dedicated to finding solutions. Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD comments on the burden of illness with functional GI disorders, such as chronic abdominal pain or IBS, and the challenges to making drug treatments available for treatment of these disorders. Dr. Spiegel is Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Los Angeles, CA.