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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms which often arise together. It is a very common disorder which is seen very common in women than in men. When a person becomes a victim of irritable bowel syndrome, victim requires medical help. Victim with this condition is not associated with inflammatory bowel disease or any other bowel conditions.

Irritable bowel syndrome is also named as spastic colon, mucous colitis, irritable colon and spastic colitis. Victims with this condition experiences symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Victims who have this condition may experience minor symptoms; on the other hand, others may experience major symptoms which will impact their daily activities severely. In few cases, victims with irritable bowel syndrome may experience intestinal damage

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

The precise reason why a victim experiences this condition is unknown. However the possible reasons include overly sensitive immune system or colon. When gastrointestinal tract has bacterial infection, it leads to post infectious irritable bowel syndrome.

Victims of irritable bowel syndrome may experience physical processes which may vary from person to person, includes:

  • Painful cramping caused by slowed or convulsive movement of the colon
  • Motility and bowel movements are affected with the abnormal level of serotonin in colon
  • Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are shown with damage in intestine due to mild celiac disease

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Victim of irritable bowel syndrome experiences gastrointestinal complaints which will last in the victim for at least 3 months for at least 3 days per month. With the help of bowel movement, symptoms such as bloating and gas can be easily resolved. Victims are more likely to experience episodes of both constipation as well as diarrhea. Victims may not experience these symptoms regularly; however they maybe experienced during a time period and then resolved, only to be experienced again. Few victims may experience these symptoms regularly.

How is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosed?

Consultant psychologist may diagnose the victim with respect to the symptoms reported. Consultant psychologist may recommend you to follow a certain diet and to avoid specific food for a time period to eliminate any chance of allergies associated with food. To rule out any infection, stool samples may be taken. To rule out the changes of any celiac disease, blood test may be carried out

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

Unfortunately there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome. Treatment is offered to the victim for relief from the symptom. Victim is often recommended for a changing in lifestyle.

To ease up the symptoms on irritable bowel syndrome, consultant psychologist recommends you to do:

  • Regular physical exercise
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Consume smaller meals
  • Avoid spicy and deep-friend foods
  • Minimizing stress with speech therapy

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Living with irritable bowel syndrome is really inconvenient and may cause difficulties for the victim at workplace, to attend any social events or even to travel. However symptoms which victim shows can be improved and treated successfully.

Under stress, victim may experience worse symptoms. During any slight conflict, victim’s colon may respond overly.

Complementary therapies which can help the victim to relax are:

  • Meditation
  • Regular sleep
  • Counselling
  • Walking and yoga
  • Consuming smaller meals