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What are the symptoms of IBS?

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asked Mar 25, 2016 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the large intestines of an individual. Although the exact cause of the disease is unknown, experts believe the increased sensitivity of the gut to be the main cause of this syndrome. There is no specific treatment for this condition other than treating the symptoms of the disease. Here are some of the main signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.


IBS symptoms can vary according to the individual. It resembles the symptoms of other gastrointestinal diseases most of the time. The most common symptoms of the condition include:


  • Bloating or feeling of gas
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Alternative episodes of diarrhea and constipation
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel emptying
  • Heartburn


If you have any of these symptoms, the best thing is to consult a qualified physician so that he or she can diagnose the condition and start treating the symptoms. 






answered Mar 25, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
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Some people with IBS have constipation (difficult or infrequent bowel movements), others have diarrhea (frequent loose stools, often with an urgent need to move the bowels) and some people experience both. Sometimes the person with IBS has a crampy urge to move the bowels but cannot do so.

The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person and often resemble those of other diseases. Among the most common are:


  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • A bloated feeling
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool

For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.




[1] http://www.gastroconsultantsqc.com/services/diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome/

[2] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/symptoms/con-20024578

answered Mar 26, 2016 by benbailey (5,400 points)

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