Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine or colon. IBS commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that more often than not will need to be managed long term.
Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS, unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease, doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.
Contact your doctor if you would like more information about IBS.Tags: chrons, colitis, digestive, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal, irritable bowel, Irritable Bowel Syndrome