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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Alternate Names : IBS, Spastic Colon

Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may include:

  • abdominal distress that is often relieved with a bowel movement
  • bloating, or feeling like the stomach is inflated
  • excess gas
  • changes in stool. Some people with IBS may have painful, loose stools, or diarrhea, while others may have painful hard stools, or constipation. Some people may alternate between diarrhea and constipation.
  • the sensation that there is still more stool in the bowel immediately following a bowel movement
  • mucus in the stool
  • anxiety, frustration, or depression
  • nausea
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • chest pain
  • heartburn

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    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01


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