Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a condition that affects the large intestine. IBS is common, and there are only a few people suffer from severe symptoms. There are several signs and symptoms and various ways to control the symptoms.
Severe IBS symptoms are typically treated with medication and sometimes counseling. Many people can manage their symptoms in more natural ways.
Signs & Symptoms
IBS symptoms vary, and they're usually present for a long time. Some of the most common are:
- Discomfort In The Abdomen
- Abdominal Pain or Cramping
- Bloating Related to Passing A Bowel Movement
- Change in Appearance of Stool
- Changes or Fluctuations of How Often You Have a Regular Movement
- Mucus in Stool
If you're experiencing a persistent change in your regular bowel habits or symptoms of IBS, reach out to a doctor. There may be a more serious underlying condition.
- Severe Signs & Symptoms
- Unintentional Weight Loss
- Anemia - Iron Deficiency
- Diarrhea (usually at night)
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Unexplained Vomiting
- Rectal Beeding
- Persistent Pain: It isn't relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement.
What Causes IBS
The exact cause is unknown, but some factors seem to play a role, including:
- Muscle contraction in the intestine
- Nervous system abnormalities
- Signals between the brain and intestine can be poorly coordinated
- Severe infection
- Stress and trauma experienced early in life
- Changes in the gut's microbiome
Many people have IBS, and throughout research and study, we've learned that several things can trigger IBS symptoms. Let's talk about that!
The same foods trigger not all people, so you'll have to learn what yours are.
Food: Certain foods like dairy, citrus fruit, wheat, cabbage, and beans seem to be a common theme for people's trigger foods. Processed foods are another trigger!
Stress: Stress doesn't cause IBS symptoms; it only aggravates them. Stress aggravates the entire body in one way or another, and irritable bowel syndrome is on the list.
Anxiety & Nervousness: Both of these triggers affect the feeling in the gut. It can trigger constipation or diarrhea.
IBS isn't usually something that suddenly comes on. It's more like a condition that slowly develops over time. The sooner you catch it, the more manageable IBS will be. Without proper management or recognition, the condition can begin affecting other aspects of your health. The opposite end of the spectrum goes right along with that; a health issue might be causing irritable bowel syndrome.
Our gut has a lot to say, and we should learn how to listen. Our gut is the center of command for our entire being; why shouldn't we treat it right and pay attention? If you have any questions or concerns, reach out for a consultation and get more information.