15 Symptoms And Common Signs Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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3. Constipation

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On the other hand, another symptom in some patients is that they have constipation, as well as having diarrhea. Also referred to as constipation-predominant IBS or IBS-C, meaning patients deal mostly with having difficulty passing stool. Constipation is described as having only 3 bowel movements a week, or less. Up to 50% of IBS patients suffer from constipation-predominance, due to misfiring of communication between the bowels and the brain, slowing down digestion. Some ways for patients to help deal with this is by eating more soluble fiber, drinking more water, and taking probiotics. Although laxatives can help, patients should limit their use because they can become dependent on them in order to have a bowel movement, which also isn’t good for the kidneys.