IBS Explained

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional bowel disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort accompanied by alterations in bowel function, diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both, typically over months or years. The cause of IBS is unknown. A diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been reported by approximately 15% of adults in the United States, and symptoms of IBS are responsible for over 3.5 million yearly visits to physicians. Research suggests that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common functional GI disorders and is one of the most common reasons for consultation with a primary care physician or gastroenterologist. Despite IBS showing to have a significant negative impact on health-related quality of life, only 30% of people with IBS symptoms seek medical attention. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is found predominantly in women in a 2:1 ratio versus men. There are several subtypes of IBS. • IBS-D: Diarrhea predominant • IBS-C: Constipation predominant • IBS-A or IBS-M: Alternating, or mixed, between constipation and diarrhea • IBS-PI: Post Infectious IBS • PDV-IBS: Post Diverticulitis IBS Some of the things you may have heard from family or friends about IBS are just myths about IBS.  IBS sufferers may experience multiple symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal distention, excessive flatulence, bloating, a continual urge to defecate, urgency to get to a toilet, incontinence, a sensation of incomplete evacuation, straining with a bowel movement, hard / lumpy stools, or even an inability to have a bowel movement at all. A subset of Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers may have co-morbidities with other digestive health disorders namely; GERD / Heartburn, Dyspepsia, Chronic Constipation, Chronic Abdominal Pain, Fibromyalgia, Pelvic pain or perhaps Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, known collectively as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). […]
By |October 21st, 2013|IBS|0 Comments

Recognize IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a common disorder of the large intestine, causing discomfort, cramping, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. For the 55 million Americans who suffer from IBS, these symptoms can be severe, yet frequently the condition goes untreated. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in IBS, the structure of the bowel is not abnormal and IBS is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Although there is no known cure, learning to control and manage the condition can be an effective way to relieve symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Cause Irritable bowel syndrome can develop at any age, though it is more likely to appear during the teenage or early adult years, according to the NIH. While experts have yet to discover any specific cause for the condition, in some cases it appears after an infection in the large intestine.  Doctors also believe there are several other triggers. It is believed that IBS can be spurred by an abnormal function of the nerves that control the gastrointestinal tract, but it is unclear whether the abnormal function occurs in the intestine, spinal cord or brain. Some researchers also suggest that IBS can develop during times of stress. Symptoms The effects of IBS can range from mild to intense. While symptoms can vary from person to person, most will experience regular abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or changes in the appearance and texture of bowel movements. Some sufferers of IBS have also reported experiencing non-gastrointestinal symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and anxiety. Prevention Since the specific cause of IBS remains unclear, there is no known way to prevent its development, according to medical experts at the NIH. […]
By |September 26th, 2013|Indigestion|0 Comments