Symptoms of IBS

In different people the affects and symptoms of IBS are different. The following symptoms are common among IBS suffers:

  • Cramping and pain in the abdominal (stomach area) from the bowel movements
  • Irregular and painful periods of diarrhea and constipation (Most people with have either diarrhea or constipation, but some people have both.)
  • Change in the stool frequency or consistency
  • Gassiness (flatulence)
  • Passing mucus from the rectum
  • Swollen or bloated abdomen
  • Abdominal distension
  • Diarrhea, especially after eating or first thing in the morning
  • Feeling like you still need to have a bowel movement after you've already had one
  • Feeling a strong urge to have a bowel movement

If you are under stress the IBS symptoms may get worse. It may include traveling, attendance to social events or changes to your daily routine. Your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms may get worse if you are not eating right or you have eaten a very large meal. Concern may also trigger IBS in some people. Women who have IBS may be aware of symptoms during their menstrual periods.

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