IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits.

Symptoms typically include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS is often chronic, with symptoms that come and go.

IBS is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to IBS, meaning that it runs in their family.

Other possible causes include problems with the muscles in the intestine, a sensitivity to certain foods or stomach acids, and psychological stress.

IBS symptoms can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but they do not usually lead to more serious health problems. There are many ways to manage symptoms and live a normal life with IBS.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to managing IBS symptoms. Some people may find relief by making changes to their diet, avoiding trigger foods, and getting regular exercise.

Others may need to take medication to manage their symptoms. Some people find that a combination of these approaches works best for them.

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