Do you have ongoing gut problems—abdominal cramps with bouts of diarrhea or constipation—without a known cause? You could have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors diagnose IBS after ruling out other conditions and diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (which causes ulcers and damage in the intestines not seen in IBS). Stress and certain types of food can make IBS worse, while medication may help.
Chances are you or a loved one will experience one of the following symptoms. Warning signs like shortness of breath or unexplained throat pain may seem minor but could be deadly.