IBS is characterised by abdominal pain or discomfort associated with altered bowel habits. The pain is relieved by defecation or passing flatus. Other common accompanying symptoms include abdominal bloating, passage of mucus with stools, urgency of defecation, and the sensation of incomplete evacuation following a bowel movement.
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