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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) VA Ratings


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the large intestine and can cause pain, diarrhea, stomach cramping, constipation, or gas.  While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, associated triggers of symptoms include stress and certain eating habits. IBS is one of the most common digestive diseases among service-connected U.S. Veterans according to VA’s 2019 Annual Benefits Report.

Veterans can receive a 0 percent, 10 percent, or 30 percent rating for IBS depending on the severity of the condition.

0%: Your IBS is considered to be mild. You may experience abdominal discomfort or disturbances in bowel function.

10%: Moderate IBS with more frequent bowel disturbances or abdominal distress.

30%: Severe IBS. Diarrhea or alternating diarrhea and constipation, with more or less constant abdominal distress.