syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines that causes abdominal (belly) pain or
discomfort. The pain may occur alone or along with constipation or diarrhea.
Other symptoms include bloating, mucus in stools, or a sense that you have not
completely emptied your bowels.
In irritable bowel syndrome, you have symptoms in the digestive tract but doctors can find no change in
physical structure, such as inflammation or tumors.
It is not clear what causes irritable bowel syndrome, and the cause may be different for different people. Some ideas for what causes IBS include problems with the way signals are sent between the brain and the digestive tract , problems digesting certain foods, and stress or anxiety. People with IBS may have unusually sensitive intestines or problems with the way the muscles of the intestines move.
Managing stress and changing your diet are the main treatments for
the condition. Medicines may be used to treat severe symptoms that interrupt
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Irritable bowel syndrome occurs because of a blockage
in the large intestine.
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