IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms—including pain or discomfort in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movement patterns—that occur together.

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Prevention

Eating smaller meals more often, or eating smaller portions, may help your IBS symptoms. You should avoid foods and drinks that make your symptoms worse.

 

Causes

Doctors aren’t sure what causes IBS.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include pain or discomfort in your abdomen and changes in how often you have bowel movements or how your stools look.

 

Diagnosis

Your doctor may be able to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) based on a review of your symptoms. Your doctor may not need to do medical tests or may do a limited number of tests.

 

Treatment

Though irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) doesn’t have a cure, your doctor can manage the symptoms with a combination of diet, medicines, probiotics, and therapies for mental health problems.

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