Everyone experiences upsetting gut symptoms from time to time: bloating, cramping, stomach pain and diarrhea.
For many people, they seem to be precipitated—or aggravated—by certain foods or beverages.
Worst of all, the symptoms can strike without warning, even just before an important meeting or event.
Taken together, this combination of symptoms could indicate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition of the large intestine that affects up to 20 percent of people in the United States.
Common symptoms of IBS include: