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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is IBS?

A condition with recurrent episodes of abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is diagnosed when no obvious cause can be found despite investigations. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, stress and certain food types are known to cause flares.

Symptoms of IBS

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Gurgling or rumbling sounds in the stomach

  • Passing loose stools when there is abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain which improves after passing motion

  • Pass motion more frequently when there is abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain that worsens after meals

  • Abdominal pain that occurs in regular intervals

Questions your doctor may ask to check for IBS

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose IBS

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen (stomach) is bloated or has a lot of gas?

  • Do you hear gurgling sounds in the abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have loose bowels when you have a stomachache?

  • Does your stomach pain improve after you empty your bowels?

Treatment for IBS

IBS is treated through avoiding triggers and relieving symptoms. Identifying triggers e.g. dairy, beans, fried food, or stress may help. The doctor may prescribe medicines to relieve symptoms of diarrhea or stomach cramps. There is a FODMAPs diet which may be effective.

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