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IBS Symptoms

Are You Suffering From Common IBS Symptoms?

Do you find that you are constantly struggling with bloating, gas, or constipation? Do certain, usually ‘safe’ foods leave you feeling ill? If so, you may be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

IBS is an often overlooked condition which can affect people from all walks of life. The main IBS symptoms are easy to dismiss as being caused by something else, so people often go a long time feeling generally unwell before they are diagnosed.

What Are the Main IBS Symptoms?

According to health insurance specialistsBUPA, around 2 in 10 people in the UK have IBS. This condition can strike at any age, but usually comes on for the first time during early adulthood.

IBS symptoms include:

– Tiredness
– Constipation
– Stomach ache
– Bloating
– Gas
– Back ache

Diagnostic Criteria for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Because the symptoms are so common and broad, there are a few diagnostic criteria that doctors use. There are explained in detail by the experts at Mayoclinic, however to summarize them:

The Rome Criteria: Under this set of criteria, IBS is diagnosed if someone has abdominal pain at least one day a week over a three month period, with altered stool consistency and pain associated with going to the toilet.

The Manning Criteria: This set of diagnostic criteria focuses far more on bowel movements than the Rome criteria. If you have incomplete bowel movements, and mucus in your stool, then this could be a sign of IBS.

IBS vs Celiac Disease

If you have been struggling with constipation, bloating, stomach pain and general gastric distress, then you will need to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Your doctor will want to make sure that you don’t have some other underlying condition, such as celiac disease, something which NHS Scotland notes can have similar symptoms to IBS.

IBS is Long Lasting

It’s important to understand that IBS is a long-lasting condition. Occasional pain after eating food that you don’t agree with, or after over-indulging in rich foods, is not IBS. The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders notes that IBS sufferers experience regular, repeated pain. It may come or go over a period of days, but the fact that it reoccurs is important to diagnosis.