Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome


General information about symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome. Furthermore, symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome.

List of symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Irritable bowel syndrome includes:

Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome: children with IBS may also have headache, nausea, or mucus in the stool. Weight loss may occur if a child eats less to try to avoid pain. Some children first develop symptoms after a stressful event, such as teething, a bout with the flu, school problems, or problems at home. Stress does not cause IBS, but it can trigger symptoms. 1

The main symptoms of IBS are

  • Crampy pain in the stomach area (abdomen)
  • Painful diarrhea or constipation

Most people have either diarrhea or constipation, but some people have both.

Other symptoms are

  • Mucus in the stool
  • Swollen or bloated abdomen
  • The feeling that you have not finished a bowel movement

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a term used to describe discomfort in the bowel (the colon, or large intestine). Symptoms of IBS may include crampy pain, bloating, gas, mucus in the stool, and changes in bowel habits. Some people with IBS have constipation—infrequent stools that may be hard, dry and painful. Others have diarrhea—frequent loose stools. Some people having alternating constipation and diarrhea. Sometimes a person with IBS has a crampy urge to move the bowels but cannot do so. 3

Symptoms of IBS may include:

  • Crampy pain in the abdomen

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea

  • Feeling that you haven't finished a bowel movement

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Mucus in the stool


More symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Irritable bowel syndrome, underlying causes of Irritable bowel syndrome, associated conditions for Irritable bowel syndrome, risk factors for Irritable bowel syndrome, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children: NIDDK
2. excerpt from IBS: NIDDK
3. excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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