Irritable Bowel Symptoms
Here are some of the common symptoms of people who have IBS:
Stomach Cramping: Stomach cramping can be intermittent, it can happen when you eat certain foods, for some it may happen after every single meal. For some the stomach pain can feel like a mild tummy ache, for others it may feel like your stomach is in knots or doing back flips. Stomach aches need to be present at least three days a month for three months in order for doctors to consider it to be IBS, and typically having a bowel movement will relieve the pain.
Irregular Bowels: Some people will have loose watery stools, going several times a day, whereas others will have nonstop constipation and it may be days without a bowel movement. Some people will fluctuate between the two on a regular basis. If you have to think about where the nearest bathroom will be in case of an attack, it’s a pretty strong indication that something is wrong with your digestive system.
Gas and Bloating: Gas and bloating is another common symptom of IBS. Some gas and bloating is normal with certain foods, but if it causes discomfort or embarrassment, it may likely be something that needs looked into.
IBS can also have some symptoms that don’t seem like they are related to the intestines or your digestive system at all:
Anxiety & Stress: Those with IBS usually are under a lot of stress and feel anxious about different situations. While IBS is not caused by stress or anxiety, these can make other IBS symptoms worse.
Fatigue: Having a lack of energy or feeling tired all of the time is another side effect of IBS. When your body has digestive problems, it usually means that you are not getting the nutrition necessary to have the energy you need.
Other Symptoms: Other symptoms can include anything from trouble sleeping to back ache to having urinary tract problems. These symptoms can often be confusing, so if you have any additional symptoms to IBS that seem unrelated, you may want to talk about them in detail with your doctor.
Now that you know some of the common IBS symptoms, it can help you determine whether or not you may be classified as having irritable bowel syndrome. However, it is important there are many other conditions that can mimic the same symptoms of Irritable Bowel, such as Colitis, Crohn’s disease and many others. It is always best to talk with a doctor for a proper diagnosis and to outrule and more serious conditions before starting any treatment for IBS.