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IBS - Got Irritable Bowels?

Sep 14, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder of the gastrointestinal 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. It exhibits a predominance in women, with females representing over 70% of sufferers and can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS doesn't damage the bowel or lead to other health problems. It has no known cure, but you can do things to relieve the symptoms.

SYNDROME: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term (chronic) but controllable condition. No single kind of treatment works best for everyone. It is a "syndrome," meaning a group of symptoms. As noted, IBS is characterized by its symptoms such as continuous or recurrent lower abdominal pain or cramping (from mild to excruciating) in association with changed bowel motility (diarrhea, constipation, or both).

It's neccesary that the following diseases are excluded before you accept a diagnosis of IBS: Colon and carcinoid cancer, Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis), Bowel blockages, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Gallstones, Food allergies, Celiac (a genetic, autoimmune disorder resulting in gluten intolerance), Bacterial infections and small intestine overgrowth of bacteria, Intestinal parasites, Endometriosis, Cancer of the ovaries.

SYMPTOMS: Signs that cumulatively support the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome: abnormal stool frequency (may be defined as more than three bowel movements a day or less than three bowel movements a week), abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool), unusual stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation), passing mucus, bloating or feeling of abdominal distension.

You and your doctor will need to work together to determine what may be causing your symptoms. It may be necessary for you to change your lifestyle to best deal with your symptoms and still carry on with your daily activities.

TREATMENT: Depends on the types of symptoms you have and their severity, as well as how they affect your daily life, and will likely involve changes to your lifestyle. It is important that you work closely with your health professional to create a treatment plan that will meet your needs.

Tell your physician if parts of your treatment are not helping your symptoms. Your physician will give you the best treatments for your particular symptoms and encourage you to manage stress and make alterations to your diet. Unfortunately, a large number of people suffer from IBS for a long time before seeking medical treatment.

CONCLUSION: IBS affects the colon, or large bowel, which is the area of the digestive tract that stores stool. It can produce a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does'nt permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious condition, such as cancer. Irritable bowel syndrome is most often diagnosed on the basis of a complete medical history that includes a careful description of symptoms and a physical exam.

IBS is running rampant because traditional medicine has no diagnosis for it. For some people who have it, certain foods may trigger symptoms. If you suffer from this problem you may already know that fat can irritate your condition. A diagnosis of IBS has been reported by 10 to 20% of adults in the United States, and symptoms are responsible for over 3 million yearly visits to physicians.
About the Author
The Author: Richard H. Ealom is a prolific writer who has written more than 60 articles on Diseases,Causes,Cures. Find Natural Cures for IBS that work by visiting the Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) website. You the right to use this article as long as you leave this box as is.
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