Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Symptoms come and go. They can also vary from person to person.

Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
  • Urge to move bowels, but no stool is passed
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • Urge to move bowels after having a bowel movement
  • Mucus in the stool

Call your doctor right away if you have one or more of the following:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Changes in bowel habits outside of what you experience with IBS
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References:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated September 12, 2017. Accessed June 27, 2018.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs. Updated November 2017. Accessed June 27, 2018.
Wilkins T, Pepitone C, Alex B, Schade RR. Diagnosis and management of IBS in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2012;86(5):419-426.
Last reviewed May 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 6/27/2018

 

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