Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Symptoms
IBS symptoms affect the intestines. The symptoms may come and go.
Normal Anatomy of the Intestines
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Symptoms of IBS range in intensity from mild to severe and include the following:
- Abdominal cramps
- Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
- Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
- Loose stools
- Urge to move bowels but no stool is passed
- Urge to move bowels after having a bowel movement
- Mucus in the stool
If you see blood in the stool, consult your doctor immediately.
Last reviewedDecember 2014by Daus Mahnke, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.