A Concise Description of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A Description of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (sometimes referred to as
) written by people who actually suffer from the condition and have to live with it on a daily basis.
So , What is IBS?
"IBS" is the shortened description of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Although it is recognised as a term used to describe a common discomfort of the gut and bowels, in short, Irritable Bowel syndrome can not be explained away in a few simple words. The answer is a lot bigger than the question!
It is defined generally by abdominal pain, stomach cramps - often severe, diarrhoea, constipation, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, bloating, nausea and
It can be also be responsible for, or appear as a result of, secondary issues such as Anxiety, Stress,
IBS can include any or all of these
but doctors and scientists have yet to discover any single universal
seem to be increasingly common in this modern and fast-paced society. There are also many other kinds of intestinal problems such as
and Crohns disease.
In fact the
of conditions such as Diverticulitis are very similar to IBS symptoms in many ways.
All we can say for certain is that Gastroenterologists agree that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common conditions they see, and suggest that IBS effects up to one fifth of the population at any one time.
Irritable Bladder/Hyperactive Bladder
may also be linked to Bouts of IBS (although studies of Irritable-Bladder are inconclusive at this time).
Many people live stressful lives, and where there is
we will often find people also suffering from IBS.
In real terms, tens of millions of people across the world are affected every day by the
symptoms of IBS.
It is said to be the second most common cause of absenteeism from work (with colds in first place.)
At best, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is embarrassing, since, as well as the sometimes urgent need to find a restroom, sufferers may also experience an excess of
which can make social situations something they avoid.
Many people cannot bring themselves to speak of it, even to a
The embarrassment, however, can pale in comparison to the pain and the absolute requirement of a nearby bathroom.
It can be severely debilitating, preventing people from participating in any form of social or work life.
Sufferers of IBS are normally diagnosed with this problem after a medical professional has determined that the physical structure of the gut, and intestines, looks normal, but the patient still feels unwell with stomach problems.
Some people will not approach a GP at all until something very alarming happens, such as
. This may or may not be associated with IBS, although hemorrhoids or anal fissures may be caused by constipation or colitis.
Your GP will usually examine you initially by pressing your stomach and feeling for abnormalities, asking about
stress factors in your life, and bowel movements.You may be asked about the consistency of the stools, liquid or very solid, and whether there is blood in the stools or after you wipe. The important thing to bear in mind is that doctors deal with this all the time, and there is nothing you can tell them that they have not heard. The more information you give, the better.
The good news is that despite it being such a negative influence on people's lives, IBS does not cause permanent damage, and DOES NOT lead on to other more serious conditions such as Cancer.
Essentially, IBS can affect anyone at any age. It can often first develop in teenagers and young adults but
IBS in children is
also not uncommon.
Statistically, It is shown to affect women more often than men, but this may be inaccurate and could be due to the fact that women are more likely to see their doctor about it.
From a minor, but persistent upset stomach, to full-blown agonising stomach cramps accompanied by
IBS is different for every individual.
For a greater understanding and Description of Irritable Bowel Syndrome we need to look at the Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What causes IBS
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