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Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome

Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome: Introduction

The severity and types of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome vary from person to person and can run the gamut from very mild to severe. For some people, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can seriously affect a person's ability to participate in normal activities of daily living. Typical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal pain, abdominal distension, gas, and bloating. People with irritable bowel syndrome may also have abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea and/or chronic constipation.

Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include loss of appetite depression, and emotional distress. Symptoms can be triggered or aggravated by certain foods or by stress, depression or anxiety.

In severe cases, irritable bowel syndrome may lead to dehydration and malnourishment. Theses can occur from the loss of fluids and nutrients that occurs in chronic or severe diarrhea....more about Irritable bowel syndrome »

Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Irritable bowel syndrome includes the 22 symptoms listed below:

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IBS: NIDDK (Excerpt)

The main symptoms of IBS are

  • Crampy pain in the stomach area (abdomen)
  • Painful diarrhea or constipation

Most people have either diarrhea or constipation, but some people have both.

Other symptoms are

  • Mucus in the stool
  • Swollen or bloated abdomen
  • The feeling that you have not finished a bowel movement
(Source: excerpt from IBS: NIDDK)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a term used to describe discomfort in the bowel (the colon, or large intestine). Symptoms of IBS may include crampy pain, bloating, gas, mucus in the stool, and changes in bowel habits. Some people with IBS have constipation—infrequent stools that may be hard, dry and painful. Others have diarrhea—frequent loose stools. Some people having alternating constipation and diarrhea. Sometimes a person with IBS has a crampy urge to move the bowels but cannot do so. (Source: excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Symptoms of IBS may include:

  • Crampy pain in the abdomen

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea

  • Feeling that you haven't finished a bowel movement

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Mucus in the stool

(Source: excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC)

Irritable bowel syndrome as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome, it is also important to consider Irritable bowel syndrome as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Irritable bowel syndrome may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome. This signs and symptoms information for Irritable bowel syndrome has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Irritable bowel syndrome signs or Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

 

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