Daily gastrointestinal symptoms in women with and without a diagnosis of IBS

Margaret M. Heitkemper, Monica Jarrett, Kevin C. Cain, Joan L Shaver, Edward Walker, Linda Lewis

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Abstract

This study compared daily gastrointestinal symptoms and stool characteristics across two menstrual cycles, and recalled bowel symptoms and psychological distress in women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, N=22), IBS nonpatients (IBS-NP, N=22), and controls (N =25). Daily reports of abdominal pain, bloating, intestinal gas, constipation, and diarrhea did not differ significantly between the IBS and IBS-NP groups but both groups reported significantly higher symptoms than the control group. Stool consistencies was significantly looser in the IBS group relative to the control group. Menstrual cycle effects on symptoms were noted in all the groups. There were no significant differences in psychological distress between women with IBS, and IBS-NP, but both groups reported significantly higher global distress than the control group. The lack of difference between the IBS and IBS-NP groups in contrast to the results of others, can be understood in terms of differences in recruitment strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1511-1519
Number of pages9
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Volume40
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Menstrual Cycle
Control Groups
Psychology
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Constipation
Abdominal Pain
Diarrhea
Gases

Keywords

  • daily diary
  • gastrointestinal symptoms
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • women

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  • Gastroenterology

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Daily gastrointestinal symptoms in women with and without a diagnosis of IBS. / Heitkemper, Margaret M.; Jarrett, Monica; Cain, Kevin C.; Shaver, Joan L; Walker, Edward; Lewis, Linda.

In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 40, No. 7, 07.1995, p. 1511-1519.

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Heitkemper, MM, Jarrett, M, Cain, KC, Shaver, JL, Walker, E & Lewis, L 1995, 'Daily gastrointestinal symptoms in women with and without a diagnosis of IBS', Digestive Diseases and Sciences, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 1511-1519. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02285200
Heitkemper, Margaret M. ; Jarrett, Monica ; Cain, Kevin C. ; Shaver, Joan L ; Walker, Edward ; Lewis, Linda. / Daily gastrointestinal symptoms in women with and without a diagnosis of IBS. In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 1995 ; Vol. 40, No. 7. pp. 1511-1519.
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