Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?


Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a health issue found in your intestines (gut) that can cause symptoms such as belly pain, cramping, gas, bloating of the belly, or a change in stool. There are different types of IBS, so each person may not have the same symptoms.


IBS-D: IBS with diarrhea

Patient's often have loose stool or feel a need to move your bowels, and often have cramps or belly pain.


IBS-C: IBS with constipation

Patient's find it hard to move their bowels, they may have an urge to go but cannot go.


IBS-M: IBS mixed

You may have symptoms of both IBS-D and IBS-C.

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Causes


While the cause of IBS is unknown, it can still be treated. IBS is a common health issue, impacting more than 35 million Americans. IBS does not cause lasting harm to the bowels and does not lead to cancer.


IBS can impact you physically, emotionally and socially. Most people with IBS are able to control their symptoms through diet, stress management and, sometimes, medication prescribed by their doctors.


If you are having symptoms more than three times a month, for more than three months, talk your doctor. Tell your doctor about all your symptoms to get the best treatment plan for you.