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Diagnosis and management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the common disorders of the large intestine. IBS symptoms can include stomach pain, diarrhea, stomach bloating, constipation and cramping.

  • 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.

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