What are the symptoms of IBS?
IBS symptoms include abdominal pain or discomfort and changes in bowel habits. To meet the definition of IBS, the pain or discomfort should be associated with two of the following three symptoms:
• start with bowel movements that occur more or less often than usual
• start with stool that appears looser and more watery or harder and more lumpy than usual
• improve with a bowel movement
Other IBS symptoms may include:
• diarrhea—having loose, watery stools three or more times a day and feeling urgency to have a bowel movement
• constipation—having hard, dry stools; three or fewer bowel movements in a week; or straining to have a bowel movement
• feeling that a bowel movement is incomplete
• passing mucus, a clear liquid made by the intestines that coats and protects tissues in the gastrointestinal tract
• abdominal bloating
Symptoms may often occur after eating a meal. To meet the definition of IBS, symptoms must occur at least three days a month. Our food allergy patch testing may be worthwhile for you if you meet the diagnostic criteria for IBS or if you have just some of the symptoms listed here.
*Information compliments of National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
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