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Table 4 Occurrence of the “most bothersome symptoms” in IBS-C subjects

From: Impact of symptoms by gender and age in Japanese subjects with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C): a large population-based internet survey

Situation/Symptom Abdominal bloating Abdominal discomfort Abdominal pain
Female (n = 163) Male (n = 46) Age 20–49 years (n = 104) Age 50–79 years (n = 105) Female (n = 74) Male (n = 42) Age 20–49 years (n = 66) Age 50–79 years (n = 50) Female (n = 25) Male (n = 9) Age 20–49 years (n = 24) Age 50–79 years (n = 10)
On the way to work/school by bus or train 16.6 23.9 25.0 11.4 17.6 28.6 30.3 10.0 8.0 0 8.3 0
At work/school 26.4 39.1 36.5 21.9 23.0 31.0 34.8 14.0 24.0 44.4 29.2 30.0
During a conference presentation/exam 3.7 13.0 5.8 5.7 9.5 11.9 15.2 4.0 12.0 0 12.5 0
After drinking alcohol 1.2 6.5 3.8 1.0 8.1 4.8 9.1 4.0 0 0 0 0
After drinking milk 2.5 4.3 1.9 3.8 6.8 2.4 4.5 6.0 12.0 11.1 16.7 0
After a meal 54.6 43.5 51.9 52.4 50.0 31.0 40.9 46.0 32.0 11.1 20.8 40.0
On a sightseeing trip 28.2 10.9 18.3 30.5 16.2 9.5 9.1 20.0 12.0 0 8.3 10.0
On a business trip 2.5 6.5 3.8 2.9 5.4 9.5 7.6 6.0 4.0 0 4.2 0
During times of stress 26.4 28.3 31.7 21.9 33.8 28.6 36.4 26.0 28.0 33.3 33.3 20.0
After taking medication 3.1 2.2 1.9 3.8 1.4 2.4 3.0 0 4.0 11.1 8.3 0
During menstruation (females only) 11.7 0 14.4 3.8 16.2 0 18.2 0 48.0 0 45.8 10.0
  1. Data are expressed as rate (%)