Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is a disorder of the intestines. It can create abdominal pain, cramping or bloating, and 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 issues with the way signals are sent between the digestive tract and the brain, problems digesting particular foods, and stress or anxiety. Those with IBS might also have uniquely sensitive intestines or problems with intestinal muscle movement. In some cases, particular foods, stress, hormonal changes, and certain antibiotics can trigger discomfort and symptoms. 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.
Symptoms 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.
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