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Constipation in Adults

The symptoms you just selected suggest you might have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What is IBS?

In the case of an irritable bowel, the nerves within the bowel are unusually sensitive. They can react in a disorderly or exaggerated way to normal stretching from food residue that is passing through the intestines, or they can stall the bowel, causing constipation. IBS is not a medical disease; it is an uncomfortable pattern of digestion that may develop on its own or may be triggered by emotional stress or an intestinal infection.

The next several screens will take you through some important information about fiber recommendations for an irritable bowel, foods that may trigger symptoms, and additional treatment for irritable bowel problems.

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