Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is not a single disease, it is a mix of many symptoms including changes in bowel habits and stomach pain. You may experience constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, cramping and pain for a long period of time. Although it is not life-threatening, it can affect your lifestyle and quality of life. It can also be a long-lasting health issue and may force you to change your work setting or work hours. IBS does not increase the risk of other colon disorders like Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis but chronic fatigue syndrome and depression are common among IBS patients. Here are some symptoms and signs of IBS you should be aware of. (ALSO READ Bloating Stomach Remedies: 5 Easy Snacks You Can Have To Eliminate Bloating).Also Read - New Covid-19 Travel Rules: Maharashtra Vs Center Covid Guidelines For Domestic, International Air Travellers | Checkout Details
1. Abdominal pain
You may experience abdominal pain due to IBS. It is usually widespread and not restricted to a specific region. Cramping of the large and small intestine is the reason for the stomach pain. You may experience abdominal pain after having a meal and the pain usually subsides after passing gas or passage of stool. The pain is never sharp or severe. Also Read - Omicron Variant Latest Update: Should Pregnant Women Be Worried About New Covid-19 Mutations? Fortis Doctor Explains
Constipation is another sign of IBS and it lasts for days. Constipation is followed by a period of diarrhea. The condition worsens with anxiety and stress. Practicing yoga, therapy or exercising can improve IBS symptoms. It is advisable to consult your doctor if you are experiencing severe constipation and diarrhea. (ALSO READ Home remedies for constipation: 5 natural remedies to relieve constipation). Also Read - World Aids Day 2021: Common Myths And Beliefs About HIV And AIDS Debunked | Watch Video
3. Presence of mucus in stool
Presence of mucus in stool is common in IBS patients. Mucus production is common but it increases in those suffering from IBS. However, blood is not common in IBS. So, talk to your doctor if you find blood in your stool.
Bloating is swelling due to gas accumulation and IBS can lead to abdominal bloating. Swelling of stomach may cause pain and tightening. Sometimes, bloating is accompanied by stomach growling. In IBS, the bacteria that are normally present in your gut become imbalanced and cause bloating. (ALSO READ 7 natural remedies to get rid of gas and bloating).
5. Symptoms occur during the day
The symptoms of IBS happen during the day time as you are stressed during the day and IBS symptoms worsen with stress. The conditions are at its worse at the end of the day but it usually subsides at night as you are not under any stress at night.
If you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor and for proper diagnosis and treatment.