Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome2018-08-21T17:36:21+00:00

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Overview

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a health issue found in your intestines (gut).
  • IBS can cause symptoms such as:
    • Belly pain.
    • Cramping.
    • Gas.
    • Bloating (or swelling) of the belly.
    • Change in stool.
  • There are different types of IBS, so each person may not have the same symptoms.
    • IBS-D: IBS With Diarrhea
      • You may often have loose stool.
      • You may often feel an urgent need to move your bowels.
      • You may often have cramps or belly pain.
    • IBS-C: IBS With Constipation
      • You may find it hard to move your bowels.
      • You may not often move your bowels.
      • You may have an urge to go but cannot go.
    • IBS-M: IBS Mixed
      • You may have symptoms of both IBS-D and IBS-C.
  • While the cause of IBS is unknown, it can still be treated.
  • IBS is a common health issue, impacting more than 35 million Americans.
  • IBS does not cause lasting harm to the bowels and does not lead to cancer.
  • IBS can impact you physically, emotionally and socially.
  • Most people with IBS are able to control their symptoms through diet, stress management and, sometimes, medication prescribed by their doctors.
  • If you are having symptoms more than three times a month, for more than three months, talk your doctor. 
    • Tell your doctor about all your symptoms to get the best treatment plan for you.

Symptoms

Each person, based on the type of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) they have, will have different symptoms. In general, IBS can cause:

  • Belly pain.
  • Cramping in the stomach area.
  • Gas.
  • Bloating (or swelling) of the belly.
  • Change in stool:
    • Diarrhea (loose stool).
    • Constipation (hard stool or trouble passing stool).
    • Urgent need to go.
  • Sometimes, people with IBS pass mucus with their stool.

Each type of IBS can cause more specific, distinct symptoms.

  • IBS-D: IBS with Diarrhea
    • You may often have loose stool.
    • You may often feel an urgent need to move your bowels.
    • You may often have cramps or belly pain.
  • IBS-C: IBS with Constipation
    • You may find it hard to move your bowels.
    • You may not often move your bowels.
    • You may have urge to go but cannot go.
  • IBS-M: IBS Mixed
    • You may have symptoms of both IBS-D and IBS-C.

Note: Bleeding, fever, weight loss and severe pain that does not go away are not symptoms of IBS and may suggest other problems. Call us right away if you have these symptoms. (561) 964-8221

If you think you may have IBS — you have these symptoms more than three times a month for more than three months and it is getting in the way of your normal life — call us.

Speak up early, completely and often. Your doctor needs all the details of your symptoms to give you the best treatment plan.