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can IBS cause the size of your stool to become smaller

By Anonymous September 16, 2014 - 6:14am
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Hello Anonymous,

I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us with your question.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) refers to a group of symptoms associated with a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The symptoms are caused by changes in how the GI tract works, and do not cause damage to the GI tract.

Abdominal discomfort or pain, cramping, and changes in bowel habits are the classic signs of IBS. Changes include an increase or decrease in the number of daily bowel movements, tool that appears less solid and more watery, or harder and more lumpy, than usual, and relieve of abdominal discomfort following a bowel movement.

Yes, a person with IBS can pass smaller stool. Some individuals will experience constipation, having fewer than three bowel movements a week. During a bowel movement, stools can be hard, dry, and small, making them difficult to pass. This can be painful and often leads to straining to have a bowel movement.

I hope this is helpful to you.


September 16, 2014 - 8:21am
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