If you are not sure whether or not your pain may be related to IBS, here is what you should look out for in order to recognize it.
The two main symptoms of IBS are pain and cramps in the lower abdomen. What happens here is that IBS actually affects how your gut and your brain communicate, so this condition might cause your gut muscles to contract more than they need to. They can then lead to the cramps and pain in lower abdomen.
You might also experience excessive gas, and while doctors are not quite sure what the reason behind this is, it is likely to happen, so look out for this symptom if you are worried you may have IBS. On the other hand, you might also experience bloating, and your abdomen may feel rounder and fuller than usual.
Two of the key symptoms of IBS are constipation and diarrhea. Actually, the gut muscles contract more than necessary, its rhythm is disrupted, and it can cause both diarrhea and constipation at different times. Based on which one you are experiencing more often, the doctors may refer to your condition as constipation-predominant or diarrhea-predominant IBS.
Other than stomach problems, you may also experience joint pain, and while scientists are still not sure why this happens, they presume that it may have something to do with the increased inflammation in the body. You may also feel tired very often, as fatigue is another common symptom of IBS, still unexplained. Additionally, if you feel what doctors call “brain fog”, or if, in other words, your thoughts are a bit confusing, your judgement seems impaired or you have trouble concentrating, you should definitely see your physician.
However, keep in mind that neither of these symptoms necessarily means that you have IBS. There are a number of different conditions that may have same or similar symptoms, so it is best to schedule an appointment with your doctor if you are experiencing them.