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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms
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IBS sufferers typically experience abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or any combination of these symptoms. It is not unusual for people with IBS to experience alternating constipation and diarrhea.
More than 40% of IBS patients have symptoms that are so frequent and severe that they miss work, alter their social life, avoid sexual interaction, cancel appointments, avoid traveling, and even stay confined to their house for fear of embarrassment. This negative effect on quality of life is the most debilitating aspect of this condition.
Patients with IBS do not only experience abdominal discomfort and bowel symptoms, but in many cases also suffer from one or more of the symptoms listed below. These symptoms vary and are specific to each individual.
- back pain
- heavy menses
- muscle pain
- painful intercourse
- panic attacks
- shortness of breath
- urinary frequency
Mental and Emotional Factors
Early studies demonstrated a prevalence of psychiatric disorders and psychiatric symptoms three times higher in patients with IBS than among patients with gastrointestinal conditions of a known organic cause (by 20th century conventional medical standards). Anxiety and depression were the most common psychiatric symptoms, but the conditions below were also more common than in healthy control subjects:
- obsessional behavior
- sleep disturbance
- multiple somatic symptoms
- hostile feelings
- panic attacks
- alcohol abuse.
Dr. Stephen Wangen
IBS Treatment Center and Center for Food Allergies
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