Table 2

Supportive symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome

1. Fewer than three bowel movements a week
2. More than three bowel movements a day
3. Hard or lumpy stools
4. Loose (mushy) or watery stools
5. Straining during a bowel movement
6. Urgency (having to rush to have a bowel movement)
7. Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
8. Passing mucus (white material) during a bowel movement
9. Abdominal fullness, bloating or swelling
Diarrhea-predominant
1 or more of 2, 4, or 6 and none of 1, 3, or 5
Constipation-predominant
1 or more of 1, 3, or 5 and none of 2, 4, or 6