IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the stomach and intestines, also called the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long-term.
Only a small number of people with IBS have severe symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle, and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling.
IBS doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Symptoms of IBS vary but are usually present for a long time. The most common include:
Abdominal pain, cramping, or bloating that is related to passing a bowel movement
Changes in appearance of bowel movement
Changes in how often you are having a bowel movement
Other symptoms that are often related include a sensation of incomplete evacuation and increased gas or mucus in the stool.