Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS does not cause permanent damage to your colon.
Most people with IBS find that symptoms improve as they learn to control their condition. Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms.
Fortunately, unlike more serious intestinal diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome does not cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. In many cases, you can control IBS by managing your diet, lifestyle and stress.