Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)
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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
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IBS affects each person differently. The hallmark of IBS in adults and children is abdominal discomfort or pain. The following signs and symptoms also are common:
Though not a symptom of IBS, indigestion affects up to 70% of people with IBS.
The following are NOT signs and symptoms or characteristics of IBS (but should still be brought to the attention of a health-care professional since they may be signs and symptoms of other conditions):
When Should You Seek Medical Care If You Think You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
If a person has any of the symptoms of IBS as discussed previously, or if a person with known IBS has unusual symptoms, a health-care professional should be consulted. Go to a hospital emergency department if problems are severe and/or come on suddenly.
How Do You Know If You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Tests and Diagnosis?
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IBS can be difficult to diagnose. IBS is called a diagnosis of exclusion, which means a doctor considers many other alternatives first, performing tests to rule out other medical problems. Some of these tests may include laboratory studies, imaging studies (such as a CT scan or small intestinal X-rays), and endoscopy and/or colonoscopy). An endoscopy is a procedure in which a flexible tube with a tiny camera at one end is passed into the GI tract while the patient is under conscious sedation. A combination of history, physical examination, and selected tests are used to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. No single blood test or X-ray study confirms the diagnosis of IBS.
What Natural Home Remedies and Diet Changes Treat and Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms?
Most people with IBS have symptoms only occasionally and the following measures may treat or soothe symptoms during a flare:
Other home remedies to soothe and lessen IBS symptoms include:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2016
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