Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. It is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long-term.
Although signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Only a small number of people with IBS have severe signs and symptoms. Even though there is currently no cure for IBS, there are ways to improve symptoms and feel better. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.