Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome is also known as spastic colitis, mucous colitis, irritable colon or spastic colon. Although bowel changes occur, the risk of colorectal cancer does not increase with IBS. It is uncommon for intestinal damage to occur with IBS; however, symptoms may significantly alter one's lifestyle.
There are four types of irritable bowel syndrome:
- Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C)
- Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D)
- Irritable bowel syndrome with mixed patterns of constipation and diarrhea (IBS-M)
- Irritable bowel syndrome that does not easily fit into the other categories (IBS-U)