The most common symptoms associated with IBS are:
- Stabbing, gripping or churning abdominal pain.
- Bloating and swelling of the abdomen.
- Constipation and/or diarrhoea.
If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, you could be suffering from IBS. Your doctor may want to carry out some tests to rule out other possible causes first.
People with IBS may also experience other symptoms, which include:
- Rumbling noises and excessive wind
- An urgent need to rush to the loo and incontinence
- A sharp pain felt low down inside the bottom
- Muscles and joint pains
- Passing urine frequently
- Ringing in the ears
- Shortness of breath
- Anxiety and depression