• Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    IBS symptoms affect the intestines. The symptoms may come and go.
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    Symptoms of IBS range in intensity from mild to severe and include the following:
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Gas
    • Bloating
    • Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
    • Loose stools
    • Urge to move bowels but no stool is passed
    • Urge to move bowels after having a bowel movement
    • Mucus in the stool
    If you see blood in the stool, consult your doctor immediately.

    References

    American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org/ . Accessed March 6, 2006.

    Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine . 14th ed. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2000.

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