Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of IBS?

Common symptoms of IBS include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping (this may go away after having a bowel movement)
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Alternating between constipation and diarrhea
  • Feeling a strong urge to have a bowel movement
  • Feeling like you still need to have a bowel movement after you've already had one
  • Mucus in the stool

Symptoms are different for each person. You may have some or even all of the symptoms listed above. Most people have mild symptoms, but some people have severe symptoms that affect their day-to-day lives.

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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 08/12
Created: 12/96

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