If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may experience several symptoms, including chronic abdominal (stomach) pain. IBS stomach pain is often described as a crampy feeling that varies in intensity, from slightly annoying to unbearable.
There is not necessarily a specific place that the pain is located, although the left, lower part of the abdomen seems to be the most common area.
Some situations (such as defecation) can help relieve the pain. Other situations can make this IBS pain worse, such as eating, emotional stress, or the beginning of a woman's menstrual period.
(Click Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms to learn more about IBS pain. This article also discusses other common signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.)