Everyone has occasional gas or digestive complaints, such as upset stomach or gas.
But people with IBS experience bowel problems more often and more severely.
IBS signs and symptoms vary from person to person. Here are the most common:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Mucus in the stool
Even though IBS is a chronic condition, symptoms can change over time.
People with IBS also can experience depression and anxiety.
There also are different types of IBS.
Depending on the type a person has, constipation could be the main problem, or diarrhea, or both.
Because symptoms are unique, so are treatments.
What works for one person may not work for another.
That's why your doctor may suggest various treatments to find the right option for you.
For an overview of treatment options, join the Living Well with IBS program.
Don’t panic — take action!
If you're experiencing signs and symptoms of IBS, what should you do?
No matter what, don't panic!
Even if you do find out you have IBS, knowing you have a problem is the first step in taking charge of it.
For now, gather more information.
Take the self-assessment quiz, and then learn about the "triggers" that can cause these symptoms.
Tracking your daily symptoms can give you insight into their causes, as well as suggest ways to get them under control.
You also can find out what medications doctors recommend for them.
And speaking of doctors -- be sure to make an appointment with yours to discuss your symptoms and IBS.