Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Top 42 IBS Questions and Answers

2Irritable Bowel Syndrome Signs and Symptoms

What are the typical signs symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

The first signs of IBS include abdominal pain and muscle cramping. Disturbed bowel movements along with abdominal pain are the key feature to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. These are quickly followed by alternate diarrhoea or constipation. Both constipation and diarrhoea may coexist. Some other common signs include;

  • Cramping pain after eating certain foods.
  • Pain relief after passing a bowel movement.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Dehydration.
  • Mucousy or foamy stool.
  • Abdominal swelling or bloating.

References

9 Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Health Line.

IBS Symptoms & Types, Web MD.

Do I have Crohn’s disease or IBS?

IBS shouldn’t be confused with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease is a much more serious condition than IBS because it involves active inflammation of the colon and has a physiological basis.

The differentiating symptoms of Crohn’s disease include;

  • Fever.
  • Lower abdominal pain with blood in the stool.
  • Ongoing bouts of diarrhoea. Unlike IBS, diarrhoea in Crohn’s disease usually doesn’t respond to over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications.
  • Fatigue and a feeling of low energy.

References

Irritable Bowel Syndrome vs. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Health Line.

The Difference Between Crohn’s, UC, and IBD, Health Line.

Where does it hurt if you have IBS?

As it commonly involved stomach and intestine, IBS causes pain throughout the abdomen; from your chest down to your pelvis. To be very exact, the typical places where you can feel IBS pain include;

  • Upper abdomen pain – It typically occurs above the umbilicus and is often associated with bloating and nausea. It indicates that your abdomen is more affected by IBS. It may worsen after meals.
  • Mid-abdominal pain – It typically occurs around the umbilicus. It signifies the involvement of the middle area of the large intestine (the sigmoid colon). It is also associated with cramping.
  • Lower abdomen pain – It typically occurs below the umbilicus and around the anus. This type of pain is more likely to be eased after passing stools.

Reference

The Different Kinds of IBS Pain, Very Well Health.