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Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS symptoms affect the intestines. The symptoms may come and go.

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Symptoms of IBS range in intensity from mild to severe and include the following:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
  • Loose stools
  • Urge to move bowels, but no stool is passed
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • Urge to move bowels after having a bowel movement
  • Mucus in the stool

If you see blood in the stool, consult your doctor immediately.

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IBS. American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at:
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated March 17, 2017. Accessed May 25, 2017.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at:
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Last reviewed May 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
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