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Health Tip: Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Health Tip: Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

06/29/11

(HealthDay News) -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by symptoms of pain or discomfort in the abdomen that persist for at least three months.

The Womenshealth.gov website says the condition affects up to 20 percent of adults in the United States. Symptoms may include:

  • Stomach pain or cramps.
  • Constipation or diarrhea, or alternating between the two.
  • A sensation of not being finished with a bowel movement.
  • Mucus in the stools.
  • Gas, bloating or swelling in the abdominal region.
  • Discomfort, unusual fullness or nausea after eating a normal-sized meal.
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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.

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