About IBS

What Is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which means the bowel is irritated and does not function properly. IBS should be taken seriously as it can affect the digestion and absorption of the food you eat. People who have IBS often experience distressful symptoms such as abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or bouts of diarrhea interrupted by constipation.

Woman struggles with IBS symptoms at a restaurant

What Causes IBS?

Most doctors aren't sure what causes IBS. The nerves and muscles in the bowel appear to be extra sensitive in people with IBS. Some people experience symptoms after eating. If you suspect IBS, you should talk to your healthcare practitioner about the management of your IBS.

What Are The Symptoms of IBS?

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort in the abdomen often relieved by, or associated with, a bowel movement or passing gas
  • Reoccurring diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both
  • A swollen or bloated abdomen

Other Symptoms Can Be:

  • Whitish mucus in the stool
  • The feeling that you have not finished a bowel movement

These symptoms can lead to a lack of proper absorption of nutrients in the body since the time your food spends in your digestive system can be disturbed by IBS.

Woman in the car struggles with IBS symptoms like bloating and constipation

Where Do the Symptoms of IBS Occur in the Digestive System?

The symptoms of IBS often occur within 90 minutes of eating. This reflects the time it takes for the food to reach the small intestine. Recent scientific and clinical evidence suggests the small intestine is the site of the disturbance in IBS, where transit time is disrupted and food will move too fast or too slow causing diarrhea, constipation or both. This is also the site where gas is trapped and abdominal pain originates.

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