Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal condition associated with unpredictable bowel movements that can change the way people live their life.
In people with IBS, the lower digestive system doesn’t work quite right, even though there may not be an obvious medical problem.
An estimated 13.5+ million Americans suffer from IBS. In addition to stomach pain, people with IBS experience changes in how often they pass stools and how the stool is formed (or its consistency). There are certain changes in bowel movements that are associated with the 4 different types of IBS:
IBS with diarrhea.
Most of your stools are loose and watery
IBS with constipation. Most of your stools are hard or lumpy
You have mixed
symptoms of both diarrhea and constipation
Your bowel changes
cannot be placed into 1 of the other 3 groups (unclassified)
People with IBS-D often have multiple symptoms, and while they can change over time, the most common are:
Production of excessive
gas in the gut
Urgent need to rush
to the bathroom
See if your symptoms add up to IBS-D.
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Dealing with IBS-D can be challenging, nowadays. But you’re not alone. According to a Salix-sponsored survey, in a 12-month period many people with IBS said their symptoms either worsened or stayed the same.
Approximately 40% of people with IBS have
IBS-D affects women more than men.
Currently, there is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments that can help relieve symptoms.
While the cause of IBS-D is unknown, there are a number of possibilities.