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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

For Utah County area patients dealing with pain in the stomach and chronic cramping or bloating, irritable bowel syndrome could be to blame. At Premier Family Medical, our doctors can provide a diagnosis and reliable treatment from their locations in Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lehi, Lindon, Mountain Point Medical Center, and Saratoga Springs, Utah.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition which affects the intestines. It can cause stomach pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. The symptoms can be different from day to day and vary from person to person. IBS can be caused by issues with the way signals are sent between the digestive tract and the brain, problems digesting certain foods, or anxiety and stress. IBS can also be caused by sensitive intestines or issues with intestinal muscle movement. In some cases, hormonal changes, particular foods, and certain antibiotics can trigger discomfort and symptoms.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

Symptoms can include:
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Bloating and surplus gas
  • Discomfort the lower abdomen
  • Changes in bowel movement patterns
A person is more likely to have IBS if the following symptoms last at least 6 months, there is stomach pain for at least 3 days a month for at least 3 months, and if at least 2 of the following descriptions apply:
  • The pain is alleviated with a bowel movement
  • The pain is connected to a change in how frequently there is a bowel movement
  • The pain is connected to a change in the consistency or appearance of the stool

Are there other indications of IBS?

Other symptoms which do not affect the intestines directly can also be related to IBS such as:
  • Fatigue
  • Backache
  • Headache
  • Depression or anxiety
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Sleep issues, including insomnia, not caused by the stomach upset
  • Sexual problems, including pain during intercourse, or reduced sexual desire
  • Heart palpitations, feeling as if the heart is fluttering or skips a beat
  • Urinary symptoms such as the frequent or urgent need to urinate, trouble beginning to urinate, or difficulty emptying the bladder
Symptoms typically take place after eating, during times of stress, and during menstruation for women.

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