Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of symptoms that usually does not exhibit visible signs of damage or disease in the digestive tract, and individuals who have family members with IBS are at a greater risk of developing the condition themselves, as are individuals with high stress levels and those who have experienced a gastrointestinal event. The National Institutes of Health states that symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, and whitish mucus in the stool. The organization recommends that you should seek care if
you believe you have symptoms consistent with the condition.
National Institutes of Health, June 2019