Are You Suffering From Irritable Bowel Disorder?

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Abdominal PainIrritable bowel syndrome is a condition that causes a variety of common symptoms. Individuals that suffer from IBS have symptoms that range from abdominal discomfort, painful constipation, muscle spasms, fatigue, abdominal pain, headaches, diarrhea, and more.

By assessing your personal symptoms, you can determine if you are suffering from an irritable bowel.


Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of an irritable bowel. Headaches linked with an irritable bowel are often associated with consuming artificial sweeteners, too much dairy, stress, or an imbalance of fiber intake. You should always speak with a doctor about chronic headache symptoms.


Diarrhea is one of the most painful and uncomfortable symptoms of an irritable bowel. Even though diarrhea can come and go, it can often become chronic or uncontrollable. If you have diarrhea often, such as several times a week, or if you have it several times a day chronically, you could be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Abdominal Pain 

Abdominal pain can be a frightening and costly symptom. Individuals who suffer from chronic abdominal pain often call in sick to work on a regular basis or cannot enjoy regular activities of life including taking a walk, exercise, or even going shopping.

It can become painful to walk, to sit up, to lie down, or to go up and down stairs. Abdominal pain can increase over time in an individual who has an irritable bowel. If you suffer from unexplained abdominal pain, contact your doctor about the possibility that you may be suffering from IBS.

Abdominal Hardening 

Abdominal hardening can be worrisome and uncomfortable. When food compacts within the abdomen, if it cannot be digested properly, the muscles contract, causing a hardening of the abdomen. Abdominal hardening in conjunction with unexplained weight gain can be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome.

Pay attention to your abdomen and if you suddenly begin experiencing hardening, either painful or non-painful, you could be suffering from an irritable bowel.

Weight Gain 

Sudden and unexplained weight gain is one common symptom of an irritable bowel. If food cannot be properly digested and disposed of as waste, it will build up and become toxic within the body. Extra waste build up can actually increase your weight.

Individuals who either have a colon cleansing, or who begin controlling their irritable bowel symptoms, can notice a sudden decrease in weight, anywhere from five to 50 pounds. Weight gain can be a significant symptom of an irritable bowel.


Fatigue is one of the common symptoms of an irritable bowel, and it is often overlooked or seen as unimportant, but fatigue can be a serious symptom. Fatigue can cause poor concentration, loss of sleep, stress and anxiety, mood swings, and more.

Fatigue can also trigger other symptoms, such as headache, backache, and irritability. When the body is working extra hard to dispose of waste, fatigue can set in. Examine your sleep patterns, and your fatigue criteria. Notice if you feel more fatigue after having a meal than you do before eating.

If you feel you can link your fatigue to irritable bowel, it is important to speak with a doctor, or at least begin using natural and easy tips to prevent irritable bowel flare ups, such as fatigue.

Other common IBS symptoms include stress, anxiety, panic attack, straining to release stool build-up, blood in the stool, chronic constipation, backache, insomnia, and gas pain.Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms that may be IBS. You may be able to determine if you are one of 13 million adults in America that is currently suffering from common irritable bowel symptoms.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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