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What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

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People with IBS have symptoms that can include:

• Explosive diarrhea • Constipation • Constipation alternating with diarrhea • Belly pains or cramps, usually in the lower half of the belly, that get worse after meals and feel better after a bowel movement • Excessive gas or bloating • Sexual problems • Urinary symptoms • Harder or looser stools than normal (pellets or flat ribbon stools) • A belly that sticks out Stress can make symptoms worse. 








There are four types of the condition. There is IBS with constipation (IBS-C) and IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D). Some people have an alternating pattern of constipation and diarrhea. This is called mixed IBS (IBS-M).  Other people don’t fit into these categories easily; this is called unsubtyped IBS, or IBS-U.

From: Irritable Bowel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association. FDA.


Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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