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How many types of IBS are there?

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There are three types:

• IBS with constipation. This comes with stomach pain and discomfort, bloating, abnormally delayed or infrequent bowel movement, or lumpy/hard stool. • IBS with diarrhea. This comes with stomach pain and discomfort, an urgent need to move your bowels, abnormally frequent bowel movements, or loose/watery stool. • IBS with alternating constipation and diarrhea.

SOURCES: J. Patrick Waring, MD, gastroenterologist, Digestive Health Care of Georgia. Medscape.com: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome," and "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." American College of Gastroenterology.


Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES: J. Patrick Waring, MD, gastroenterologist, Digestive Health Care of Georgia. Medscape.com: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome," and "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." American College of Gastroenterology.


Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

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