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Husband has been diagnosed w/IBS. It involves diarrhea & sometimes it involves constipation. Is this normal?

 

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Yes, actually, that is completely normal for IBS.

Irritable bowel syndrome (also sometimes called irritable bowel disease) includes an array of different types of bowel problems. In general, IBS refers to a condition in which the large intestine (bowel) becomes inflamed and irritated. This can produce symptoms of pain, indigestion and changes in stool.

The pattern of symptoms for each person with IBS is different. Some people tend to experience more constipation with IBS, while others experience more diarrhea. But often a person with IBS struggles to cope with a blend of these two extremes. It's not uncommon for IBS to cause constipation one week and diarrhea the next.

Your husband may find he needs to make dietary changes to help manage his IBS. He may need to find the right amount of fiber that helps soften his stool enough to avoid constipation but not so much it makes the diarrhea worse.

IBS is an unpleasant condition, and your husband undoubtedly can use all the support you can offer.

Wishing you well!

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