Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) most commonly causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. The good news is that IBS does not permanently harm your intestines nor lead to a serious disease. Although it causes a great deal of distress and discomfort.
Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. About a fifth of U.S. population is suffering from its pain, cramping, bloating symptoms; women especially.
The main symptoms for diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome is abdominal pain and discomfort for at least 12 weeks out of the previous 12 months. In addition, experiencing at least two of the following three features:
- relieved by having a bowel movement
- there is a change in how often you have a bowel movement
- there is a change in the form of the stool or the way it looks
Some of these symptoms may also be present:
- mucus in the stool
- difficulty, inability to pass stool
- feelings an uncontrollable urgency to have a bowel movement
- stress management
- prescribed medications
For others, however, irritable bowel syndrome can be severe enough to prevent them from working, attending social events, or even travel short distances.