Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines that creates abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. The symptoms can differ from day to day. The cause of the condition can be different for different people. IBS can be the result of digestive issues, stress, or anxiety. Those with IBS might also have uniquely sensitive intestines or problems with intestinal muscle movement. Particular foods, stress, hormonal changes, and certain antibiotics can trigger discomfort and symptoms.
Symptoms of IBS can include:
A person is more likely to have the condition if these symptoms last at least six months, there is abdominal pain at least three days a month for at least three months, and if at least two of the following apply:
Other symptoms which do not affect the intestines directly can be connected to IBS, including:
Symptoms usually occur after eating, during times of stress, and during menstruation. IBS is a chronic condition, however there are many options at the practice which can help a person to find relief and get back to enjoying life.
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