Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder or the large bowel, meaning the bowel doesn't work, or function, correctly. IBS is not a disease, but a group of symptoms.
The main symptoms of IBS are
BS has no cure but you can take some steps to relieve symptoms. You might have to try a few different things to see what works best for you. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment plan, which may include:
Other publications about constipation are available from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse at www.disgestive.niddk.nih.gov, including