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Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel SyndromePeople with IBS have chronic abdominal (stomach) pain or discomfort and changes in bowel habits. To make the diagnosis, healthcare providers will look for pain or discomfort that has occurred at least three times per month for the past three months. Some other characteristics of this pain or discomfort include:
- The pain is relieved by having a bowel movement
- The onset of pain is associated with a change in the frequency of stools
- The onset of pain is associated with a change in stool consistency (i.e., diarrhea or constipation).
Treating Irritable Bowel SyndromeMost people can control their symptoms through diet, stress management, and medications.
- Antidiarrheal medicines
- Antianxiety medications
- Medicines specifically approved to treat IBS.