What symptoms does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Symptoms of irritable colon


Main symptoms of irritable bowel

The main symptoms of irritable bowel are:


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  • Abdominal pain or discomfort that improves with defecation
  • Alterations in the depositional habit: Diarrhea, constipation or alternation between both.
  • Urgent need to defecate
  • Defecation with soft mucus
  • Feeling of incomplete evacuation
  • Flatulence or gases
  • Abdominal swelling (swollen belly)

It is considered that at least two of the following symptoms must be present for 12 weeks (consecutive or not) and in the last 12 months.

Table of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Symptoms of irritable bowel. You must have 2 or more symptoms for 12 weeks in the last year. The diagnosis must be made by a doctor based on his assessment.

Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and associated diseases

Observing people diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, it has been determined that the following conditions may occur:

Types of irritable bowel

Three different subtypes of irritable colon are established according to the alterations in the depositional habit:

The doctor usually asks about the depositional rhythm in addition to other details such as the texture of the stool, shape, color and symptoms that accompany the episodes of diarrhea and constipation:


Definition of constipation and diarrhea types

Less than 3 stools per week
More than 3 stools per day
Hard or ball depositions
Soft or liquid stools
Excessive effort during defecation
Urgency to defecate

The diagnostic criteria are defined in the Rome criteria document.

Degrees of irritable bowel

There are different degrees of irritable bowel syndrome. The milder may take time to diagnose, while at other times it may be disabling:

  • Light irritable colon: symptoms occur occasionally. It is not a reason to stop working or drastically change your life or emotional habits.
  • Moderate irritable colon: It can involve changes in vital or emotional habits and stages in which one must stop working.
  • Severe irritable bowel: symptoms such as pain or the need to go to the bathroom constantly, which leads to great changes in mood and personality and great difficulties to go to work or lead a “normal” life.

Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) should be diagnosed by a doctor, who makes an overall assessment of its symptoms and possible causes.

Irritable bowel affects a large number of people, with twice as many women as men suffering from it.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

29 July, 2020

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