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What are the symptoms of IBS?

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We all have stomachaches and trouble going to the bathroom once in a while, but for people with IBS, the chronic pain and discomfort can be disabling. Along with abdominal cramping and discomfort, IBS symptoms may include:

• Bloating • Gas • Constipation • Diarrhea • Alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea • Bowel movements that feel uncontrollably urgent, difficult to pass, or incomplete • Clear or white mucus with the stool  






SOURCES: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of the American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Current Psychiatry Web site. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of the American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Current Psychiatry Web site. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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