An expert panel has outlined a list of
symptoms common in
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors often use this
list of symptoms, known as the Rome III criteria, to distinguish IBS from other
intestinal problems. But people who don't have all of these symptoms may
still have IBS.
You meet the Rome III criteria for IBS if your
symptoms began at least 6 months ago, you have had abdominal pain or discomfort
at least 3 days each month in the last 3 months, and at least two of the
following statements are true:7
Do you have bloating? Heartburn? Stomach pain? Jonathan Schreiber, MD, gastroenterologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, sheds light on gastrointestinal disorders.