When your stomach doesn’t feel right, it can really throw a wrench in your plans. Sometimes you may eat a food that doesn’t agree with you, or you occasionally catch a stomach virus. Fortunately, these episodes are short-lived, and most people recover quickly.
When you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), however, you experience digestive problems regularly. But because there’s no standard test for this all-too-common condition, many people struggle with it for years before getting a diagnosis.