Also called: IBS, Irritable colon

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause abdominal cramping, bloating and a change in bowel habits. Some people with the disorder have constipation. Some have diarrhea. Some go back and forth between constipation and diarrhea. Although IBS can cause a great deal of discomfort, it does not harm the intestines. IBS is a common disorder and happens more often in women than men. No one knows the exact cause of IBS. There is no specific test for IBS. However, your doctor may run tests to be sure you don't have other diseases. These tests may include stool sampling tests, blood tests and x-rays. Your doctor may also do a test called a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. Most people diagnosed with IBS can control their symptoms with diet, stress management and medicine.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Discussions

  1. link Gossipgirl
    Link between dianette and ibs?
    Hi i have been suffering mild ibs for past 2 years it has only recently been diagnosed and i am due to go to a specialist soon as gp feels my intestin - 70% more...
    Gossipgirl- over a year ago - 3 Replies - in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  2. link Celine302002
    12 year old doesnt feel when he need to empty his bowels
    I have a son who now is 12 from birth on he had constipation,with the years it didnt get any better,i went to differant doctors with him and they him - 73% more...
    Celine302002- over a year ago - 3 Replies - in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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