Digestive problems? See if your symptoms match up with the most common signs of IBS.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be an unpredictable and frustrating condition to endure. There is no known cause or cure, but the symptoms are well known enough to reach a confident diagnosis when experienced on a regular basis. These warning signs should alert you that a problem may be brewing in your digestive system.
- Abdominal pains – The foremost symptom of IBS is cramping, which can occur at any time, but especially after eating or before using the bathroom.
- Diarrhea – Loose stools can occur when your digestive system is behaving abnormally.
- Constipation – Along with diarrhea, the opposite can also be a symptom. Patients often experience one for a few days, and then the other.
- Bloating – A big meal or a certain food may cause temporary bloating, but chronic bloating shouldn't be a normal part of your day.
- Changes in your stool – You may notice blood or mucus when you use the bathroom.
- A frequent "need" to go – The feeling of an upcoming bowel movement might be present around the clock, even if there is no real need.
- Discomfort after meals – You may feel extremely full, or even nauseated, after just a few bites.
- Inability to eat reasonable portions – Take note if you can only eat small amounts at a time, or if you've lost your appetite altogether.
If you found yourself nodding as you read through this list of symptoms, it's time to make a doctor's appointment! You can learn more about our digestive care department at our website, or receive a free physician referral at our website www.LKMC.com and hit the link "Find a Doctor."