Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

We join everyone in celebrating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month to increase public awareness about IBS, including sharing information about screenings to help increase early treatment and improving quality of life. Overall, helping to destigmatize the different types of IBS. #IBSAwarenessMonth and #YouandIBS.

IBS Signs and Symptoms

  • abdominal (stomach) pain and cramping, which may be relieved by moving your bowels.
  • a change in your bowel habits – such as constipation, diarrhea or sometimes both.
  • bloating and swelling of your stomach.
  • excessive wind (flatulence)
  • occasionally experiencing an urgent need to move your bowels.

Different Types of IBS

  • IBS with constipation (IBS-C): Most of your bowel movement is hard and lumpy.
  • IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D): Most of your bowel movement is loose and watery.
  • IBS with mixed bowel habits (IBS-M): You have both hard and lumpy bowel movements and loose and watery movements on the same day.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule your appointment with your provider today.

Sources: International Foundation of Gastrointestinal Disorders: https://aboutibs.org/ , Mayo Clinic: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/ and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/