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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder most commonly characterized by the following symptoms: cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Some patients predominantly have either diarrhea or constipation, while others switch back and forth between the two within several days. As many as one in five American adults have IBS, but only a small percentage of people with the disorder have severe signs and symptoms.
The causes of IBS are unknown, but most of those that have the disorder may have an intestine that is particularly sensitive to certain foods and stress. A few patients may develop the problems after a bowel infection, such as traveler’s diarrhea. Irritable bowel syndrome can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to cancer or other serious bowel issues. The best way to control IBS, in many cases, is by managing your diet, lifestyle and stress. If you feel that your symptoms are getting in the way of a healthier lifestyle:
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