Did you know that if you often have stomach cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation, you could have irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the large bowel, meaning the bowel doesn’t work, or function, correctly. IBS is not a disease, but a group of symptoms.
What are the symptoms of IBS?
The main symptoms of IBS are
- pain or discomfort in the abdomen, often relieved by a bowel movement
- chronic diarrhea, constipation, or both
Other symptoms include
- whitish mucus in the stool
- a swollen or bloated abdomen
- the feeling that you have not finished a bowel movement
Women with IBS often have more symptoms during their menstrual periods.
How will I know if I have IBS?
Your doctor may diagnose IBS based on your symptoms. No specific test for IBS exists, but your doctor may do some
What can I do about IBS?
IBS has no cure but you can take some steps to relieve symptoms. You might have to try a few different things to see what works best for you. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment plan, which may include
- avoiding foods that can trigger symptoms, such as fatty foods, milk products, and carbonated drinks
- eating foods with fiber
- eating four or five small meals instead of three big meals
- taking medicines that help relieve symptoms
- reducing emotional stress