What is irritable bowel syndrome?

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. It is characterized by a group of symptoms, including abdominal pain or discomfort, and changes in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea. Other symptoms of IBS can include bloating, gas, mucus in the stool, and a feeling of incomplete bowel movements. The exact cause of IBS is not known, but it is thought to be related to problems with muscle contractions in the bowel and may also be linked to changes in brain-gut communication. IBS is a chronic condition and there is no known cure, but symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes, such as diet and stress management, as well as medication.

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