Irritable Bowel Syndrome: symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. The cause of IBS is unknown, but it is believed to be related to changes in the way the brain and gut interact. IBS is typically diagnosed based on a physical examination and a review of symptoms. Treatment of IBS depends on the severity of symptoms, but may include diet modifications, medication, and stress management.