The following list of IBS symptoms has been taken directly from the excellent Net Doctor.  We find it to be a slightly more comprehensive list of IBS symptoms than many others provide.  We hope that it will be of use to you.

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Stomach Non-ulcer dyspepsia (symptoms suggestive of a stomach or duodenal ulcer, but which has not been confirmed on investigation). Feeling full after small meals. This may reach the stage of not being able to finish a meal. Abdominal bloating after meals.

Small bowel. Increased gurgling noises which may be loud enough to cause social embarrassment (borborygmi). Severe abdominal bloating and generalised abdominal tenderness associated with bloating.

Large bowel Right-sided abdominal pain, either low or tucked up under the right ribs. Does not always get better after passing a stool.Pain tucked up under the left ribs (splenic flexure syndrome). When the pain is bad, it may enter the left armpit. Variable and erratic bowel habits alternating from constipation to diarrhoea.  

Flatulence (excess wind).

Increased gastro-colic reflex. This is an awakening of the childhood reflex where food in the stomach stimulates colonic activity, resulting in the need to pass a stool.  Severe, short stabbing pains in the rectum, called proctalgia fugax. Feeling of incomplete emptying of bowels. Loss of mucus from the rectum (back passage).

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What are the symptoms of IBS?

Although IBS can be a distressing condition, it never causes bowel cancer or bowel damage.  IBS symptoms can start at any age, but they are most common in late teenage years or early adulthood. The four most common symptoms are:

  1. Constipation
  2. abdominal pain
  3. bloating that usually subsides overnight and returns the following day
  4. Diarrhoea.

You may experience problems in only one part of the gut or in several, and symptoms can change over time. Your symptoms will depend on which parts of the gut are involved.  Oesophagus (takes food from mouth to stomach) A sensation like a golf ball in the throat between meals, but does not interfere with swallowing.  Heartburn – burning pain often felt behind the breastbone. Painful swallowing (odynophagia), but without hold-up of food. Sticking of food (dysphagia) – this requires investigation.

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