Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long term gastrointestinal disorder that can cause persistent discomfort. However, most people will not experience severe complications. People also refer IBS as spastic colitis, mucous colitis, and nervous colon. It is a chronic condition. However, its symptoms tend to change over the years. Symptoms often improve as individuals learn to manage the condition. In this article, we discuss symptoms, causes, and treatment, and how diet can affect IBS. Symptoms The most common symptoms of IBS include: changes in bowel habits abdominal pain and cramping, which often reduce after passing a stool a feeling that the bowels are not empty after passing stools passing excess gas the passing of mucus from the rectum a sudden, urgent need to use the bathroom swelling or bloating of the abdomen Symptoms often get worse after meals. A flare-up may last for several days, and then symptoms either improve or resolve completely.

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