Symptoms and Triggers of IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS) affects the colon, or large bowel, which is the part of the digestive tract that stores stool (poo). People with IBS appear to have sensitive bowels that are easily ‘upset’. IBS is a very common problem. It is more common in women, often comes on in the late teens or early twenties and may come and go over a person’s life. Symptoms are often more troublesome before a woman’s period.

Awareness of the symptoms and triggers of IBS are very important for taking appropriate action for treatment. Here is a list which you may find useful.


  • Chronic Stress
  • Depression
  • Use of various antibiotics and other medications
  • Change in hormone levels or hormonal imbalance
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic infections
  • Brain chemical imbalance
  • GI Infection
  • Imbalanced gut flora
  • Malfunctioning immune system


  • Diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • Painful bowel movement
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Stool with undigested food particles
  • Cramping
  • Passage of mucus from the rectum
  • Loose stools with onset of pain
  • Relief of abdominal pain after defecation
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of incomplete defecation
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor food absorption
  • Early satiety
  • Fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headache
  • Bad breath
  • Frequent and/or urgent need to urinate

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rambler says:

    Thank you for this post. i didnt know last one in this list was a symptom of IBS.
    how can one improve the condition, is there a particular diet one should follow or avoid to help in this case

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    1. GS says:

      Try Nutrient Dense meals. Food that is high in nutrients but relatively low in calories. Nutrient-dense foods contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. Examples of nutrient-dense foods include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk products, seafood, lean meats, eggs, peas, beans, and nuts. Also it would be a good idea to avoid gluten and lactose in your diet.


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