Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, is a common, chronic affliction, that requires consistent long-term treatment. Cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea and constipation, that can sometimes occur simultaneously, are the most common signs that you may be dealing with this disease that attacks the large intestine. Most people who suffer from IBS have mild to moderate symptoms, and by monitoring and managing their diet they can live a normal life unaffected by their IBS symptoms. Those with more severe symptoms need to consider medication and therapy.
In addition to abdominal pain and cramping, IBS can cause changes in the frequency, shape, and appearance of bowel movements. When suffering from weight loss, excessive night time diarrhea, rectal bleeding, unexplained vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or gas like stomach pain that refuses to subside, it is important to go see a doctor because there are the moderate to severe symptoms of IBS.