Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome is very common across the world. On an average, about 10% to 15% of the population suffers from irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. On a higher side, it is estimated that about 20% of adults as well as kids, irrespective of gender, would have some types of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

It has to be noted that although IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a disorder in the gastrointestinal tract of the human body, it is not a disease as such. Thus, when people look at what are the symptoms of IBS, they are essentially looking at the disorder. Irritable bowel syndrome is simply a collective of all the symptoms that people experience.

So what Are The Symptoms For Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

The first irritable bowel syndrome symptoms would be an irregularity in bowel movements, mild constipation and pain in the abdominal region. These irritable bowel syndrome symptoms may be experienced altogether right at the outset or it can start with one and then the others set in.

Doctors look for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that have existed for about three months and the person is not suffering from any other health condition which can be considered to be the causes of the symptoms. The nature and severity of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms would also largely depend on the type of IBS a person is suffering from. There are four major types. The first is IBS with constipation (IBS-C) that is characterized by more hard or lumpy stools and less loose or watery stools. IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D) is characterized by more loose or watery stools and less hard or lumpy stools. Mixed IBS (IBS-M) which is a combination of the first two is characterized by an almost similar proportion of hard or lumpy and loose or watery stools. The last is the Un-sub-typed IBS (IBS-U) which has very little impact on stool but has other irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.


Normally, the irritable bowel syndrome symptoms start with more frequent or less frequent bowel movements than what a person is accustomed to. This is followed by stools that would either be watery or lumpy. Usual or normal stools will be rare. Quite a few other conditions are associated as irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and they are diarrhea, constipation, mucus formation in the intestines and abdominal bloating and pain.

These irritable bowel syndrome symptoms can be experienced after a meal, while resting, sleeping or any time during the day depending on the severity.

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