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IBS Symptoms: Do You Suffer From Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Published on , Last Updated on June 5, 2013

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Are you suffering from abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation?

According to National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), if you are experiencing any of the previous symptoms referenced above, you could “potentially” be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), although not necessarily.

Much like the symptoms of constipation, IBS symptoms are rather diverse and can vary widely from one person to the next. In fact, it is important to be aware that there are a number of diseases and conditions producing similar symptoms to that of IBS, such as:
  • Gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gluten Intolerance (Celiac Disease)
  • Bowel Blockages
  • Food Allergies
Having said that, although Irritable Bowel Syndrome causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, the hopeful news is that with proper diet, stress management, and natural supplements, most people will be able to control their IBS symptoms. Unfortunately for others, however, IBS can be disabling, where they may not be able to work, attend social events, or even travel short distances.

The NDDIC further reports that as many as 20 percent of the adult population, or one in five Americans, have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. Extensive research also indicates that irritable bowel syndrome occurs more often in women than in men, and it begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people [1].

What is IBS?

Simply stated, NDDIC defines Irritable Bowel Syndrome as a functional disorder of the large bowel, meaning the bowel doesn’t work, or function, correctly. Important to note here is that IBS is defined as a disorder, not a disease. defines IBS as a common condition that affects the lower gastrointestinal tract (the intestines) and results in uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms, such as gas, emotional distress, and abnormal bowel movements [2].

IBS Facts

Although a functional disorder and/or common condition by definition, here below are key IBS facts taken from NDDIC that you need to be aware of [3]:

  • Prevalence: 15.3 million (1998)
  • Ambulatory Care Visits: 3 million (2004)
  • Hospitalizations: 212,000 (2004)
  • Mortality: 20 deaths (2004)
  • Prescriptions: 5.9 million (2004)

Most Common IBS Symptoms

As a quick recap, thus far, we have defined in general terms what IBS is versus what it’s not, in conjunction with documented facts referenced above. Now let’s look at a couple of sources as references to symptoms of IBS.

Mayo Clinic reports that the most common symptoms of IBS are [4]:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • A bloated feeling
  • Gas (flatulence)
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Diarrhea or constipation — Sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea reports 22 typical symptoms of IBS:
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • Weight Loss
  • Bowel Spasms
  • Mucus in Stool
  • Constipation
  • Swollen Abdomen
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Small or Narrow Feces
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Frequent Bowel Motions
  • Discomfort Behind Breastbone
  • Feeling unfinished bowel motion

There’s Always Hope!

In most cases, if signs and symptoms of IBS are addressed with a healthy diet centered on the consumption of raw vegetables and fruits, purified water, organic wheat breads — free of fatty meats, sugary sweets, and salty snacks — together with plenty of regular exercise, while simultaneously taking advantage of a quality oxygen colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder, the symptoms can be managed proactively so you can enjoy a normal, healthier lifestyle.

As a final take away, I recommend using Oxy-Powder at least 2x weekly to not only keep your bowel movements regular, but also for relieving the syptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, the results of a recent clinical study show that Oxy-Powder was highly effective at relieving the most common symptoms of IBS.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM


  1. National Institutes of Health. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. NH Publication No. 12-693. 2012 July
  2. Health Grades Inc. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 2011 May 2.
  3. Nationa lInstitutes of Health. Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States. NIH Publication No. 10-3873. 2010 June.
  4. Mayo Clinic. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. 2011 July 29.

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Posted In: Colon Health,Colon Health Blog,Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Leaf on the Wind

    Quick note – IBS is often caused by issues with wheat (Gluten sensitivity, Celiac – up to 80% of population?) & grains/grain-like items in general. Fats, especially natural (not processed) saturated fats are necessary for health, while carbohydrates are not necessary for consumption.

    Further research: Paleolithic diets & way of eating/ancestral health movement.

    “Whole grains lots and low-fat” is much more likely an aggravator than a cure-all.

    IBS can be very painful, so had to add a note.

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