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Signs You Might Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Signs You Might Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Chronic digestive troubles are not only painful but could be a sign of something more serious. While symptoms and triggers vary from person to person and may be the indication of something other than IBS, here are some symptoms that could mean that you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Abdominal Pain or cramping

Do you experience cramping or pain after eating certain foods or after every meal? This could include an achy pain, dull pain, or sharp pain in your abdomen. This is usually the first sign that you may have IBS.


Bloating or swelling in your abdomen is also common for those who suffer from IBS and occurs after meals or after ingesting certain foods.


An increased amount of gas could be a sign of something you ate or it could be a food that is triggering your IBS. Gas can be very painful and for those who struggle with IBS, it’s a common problem.
Changes in your Stool

Those who suffer from IBS don’t always experience either diarrhea or constipation but usually go back and forth between the two. Bouts of diarrhea followed by bouts of constipation are common.

You could also experience urgent needs to use the restroom, especially in the morning.

Mucus in the Stool

Mucousy or foamy stool is common in IBS sufferers.

Heartburn or Upper Abdominal Discomfort

About 25-50% of IBS patience report upper abdominal discomfort such as heartburn or dyspepsia.


Many people feel fatigue from the chronic digestion troubles they face.

Early Feeling of Fullness

Feeling quickly full after eating is also a symptom although not as prevalent as the symptoms above.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a fatal disease and both the cause and cure are unknown. What we do know is that it can be managed through diet. It’s important to talk to your physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. It also helps to keep a food journal to track which foods are causing your symptoms.


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