Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patient Education
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Patient Education Overview
Affecting 15 percent of Americans – most of them women –Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is one of the most common disorders of the bowel.
IBS is an ongoing problem that occurs in the large intestine when food travels too quickly through the intestines leading to pain and discomfort. Read more in our patient education guide.
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Symptoms of IBS include:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Urge to have a bowel movement even when the colon is empty
- Abdominal cramping and pain
- Bloating and gas
- Mucus in the stool
Symptoms increase with:
- Fast foods
- Consumption of certain foods (milk products, chocolate, wheat)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeine as found in tea, coffee or soda