The major symptoms that characterize Irritable Bowel Syndrome are:
These symptoms may be present singly or in any combination.
If you suspect you are suffering from IBS, it is critical that you have a doctor provide you with a diagnosis as soon as possible as these symptoms could easily be related to several other medical conditions that have far more serious health consequences than IBS.
IBS Diagnostic Criteria
In 1999, international digestive disease experts defined the following diagnostic criteria for IBS. They were meeting for a second time and in Rome to do so and hence they are known as the Rome II Criteria for IBS.
To receive a diagnosis for IBS a sufferer must have experienced abdominal pain for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutively) in the preceding 12 months with two out of three of the following features:
Other symptoms that support the diagnosis but are not essential include:
Note: If blood is present in the stool or
weight is being lost due to your condition then it is NOT IBS. If
either or both are the case for you it is even
more important that you see a doctor as soon as possible.
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