Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)En Español (Spanish Version)
IBS symptoms affect the intestines. The symptoms may come and go.
Normal Anatomy of the Intestines
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Symptoms of IBS range in intensity from mild to severe and include the following:
- Abdominal cramps
- Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
- Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
- Loose stools
- Urge to move bowels but no stool is passed
- Urge to move bowels after having a bowel movement
- Mucus in the stool
If you see blood in the stool, consult your doctor immediately.
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Last Reviewed December 2013