A Stomach Issue Can Be IBS or Something Worse

When you have an upset stomach it’s hard to tell what’s really going on. You may feel bloated and have gas, you may have slight pain or an uncomfortable feeling, or you may have diarrhea or even constipation. It could be caused by a reaction to something you ate, or it could be a food sensitivity or allergy. It can come on suddenly and go away just as fast or it can linger. With so many variables it’s hard to know when to seek treatment.

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What is IBS?

IBS is very common. It’s a series of symptoms that can occur together and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of IBS are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Gas

There is no cure for IBS but symptoms can be managed with meds, diet, and exercise. April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, and we encourage you to seek treatment if you think you have IBS. You don’t have to suffer in silence. With the proper treatment, you can manage IBS and gain control over your daily life without worrying about having any issues. Our doctors and nurses can help.

When to Seek Treatment

Some symptoms warrant a trip to an ER, and some don’t. You could have IBS or it could be something worse. Only a medical professional will know for sure. If you have an intense abdominal pain, that worsens, rectal bleeding or vomiting, you should seek emergency treatment. If you think it’s an emergency, come see us. We’re open 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.


Surepoint Emergency Center is a modern emergency medical facility open 24/7/365. As an alternative to the traditional hospital ER experience, we offer convenience and minimal wait time, along with highly-trained emergency medical staff and state-of-the-art equipment.

Our top priority is bringing high-quality emergency care, quickly and easily to your family. We are committed to making patients feel better faster in a comforting and compassionate environment.

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