What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome is sometimes called "spastic colon," IBS is a very common condition.  People who have IBS have digestive tracts that react abnormally to certain substances or to stress.  Smoking, eating certain foods, drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or feelings of stress or anxiety can alter the normal workings of the digestive tract and contribute to the motility problems that cause IBS.

Symptoms of IBS are: