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Why is mixed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-M) called mixed?

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It’s called “mixed” because you go back and forth between diarrhea and constipation, sometimes pretty quickly. And some studies have found that people with this type tend to have more belly pain or discomfort than those who have IBS-C or D.

The difference between occasional digestive issues and IBS is that, with IBS, discomfort and bowel troubles are common and go on for months.

From: What Is IBS-M? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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