Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Doctors have yet to pinpoint its exact cause, but they suspect it relates to a defect in the nerves that connect the digestive tract and the brain. Symptoms usually appear after consuming certain foods or beverages and may continue for a few days before the stomach settles down. This uncomfortable and inconvenient condition lacks a cure but is not life-threatening.
Diarrhea is one of the most common irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Yet, half of all reported cases do not include diarrhea as a symptom. When diarrhea attacks occur, the urge to vacate the bowels is strong and unexpected. Along with discomfort, this symptom is also potentially embarrassing. In addition, diarrhea deprives the body of vital nutrients and liquids, which must be replenished after an attack.
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