Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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IBS symptoms affect the intestines. The symptoms may come and go.
Normal Anatomy of the Intestines
Symptoms of IBS range in intensity from mild to severe and include the following:
- Abdominal cramps
- Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
- Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
- Loose stools
- Urge to move bowels but no stool is passed
- Urge to move bowels after having a bowel movement
- Mucus in the stool
If you see blood in the stool, consult your doctor immediately.
American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org/ . Accessed March 6, 2006.
Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine . 14th ed. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2000.
Last reviewed June 2008 by ]]>Daus Mahnke, MD]]>
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