Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive condition that affects more than 15% of the overall population in the United States. The problem is that it can be difficult to discern whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of IBS or simple indigestion. Take a look at this collection of tell-tale symptoms. If you answer “yes” to any of these, it’s time to make an appointment with your HealthLynked provider. Try DocLynk, the new telemedicine service from HealthLynked, and the only platform that connects you to a doctor, your medical records, and an in-depth Review of Systems all in one visit.
You’re Bloated A Lot
It’s normal for women to be bloated at different phases of their menstrual cycle, but if you start to notice that you’re spending more and more days feel out of sorts, then it’s time to speak with your doctor. Use Oohvie to log bloating so your doctor has the most accurate information for your treatment plan.
Constipation & Diarrhea Seem Normal
They aren’t. Frequent diarrhea or constipation can strip the good bacteria from your G.I. tract and make it even harder to get your stomach under control. While most women report a touch of diarrhea just before their period or a small amount of constipation right after their period ends, anything more than that should be brought to the attention of your HealthLynked provider.
You Get Up at Night to Urinate
Have you always done this, or is it something new? Don’t just assume that you drank too much water before bed or are just getting older. Urinary incontinence is a classic sign of IBS. The urination may also be painful, more urgent, or more frequent. Don’t ignore this. Log these instances with Oohvie to discuss with your doctor.
Your Period Symptoms Are Worse
Though physicians aren’t quite sure of the reasons yet, hormonal shifts during your period can make IBS worse and vice versa. Women with IBS often report more painful and heavier periods. Cramping, bloating, appetite, and even the duration of your period can be disturbed because of IBS. You should always note any abnormal symptoms with Oohvie as they could be signs of IBS or more serious health conditions.