Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon). IBS commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation. Like many people, you may have only mild signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. However, sometimes these problems can be disabling.
In some cases, you may have severe signs and symptoms that don't respond well to medical treatment. Because symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can occur with other more serious diseases, it's best to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Most people with IBS find that symptoms improve as they learn to control their condition by managing their diet, lifestyle and stress. Dr. Cranford can help.