Irritable bowel syndrome
IBS is the most common gastro intestinal condition worldwide, affecting around 13 to 20 percent of Canadians at any given time 30 percent of us develop IBS at some point in our lives. it can begin in childhood adolescence or adulthood and can resolve unexpectedly only to return later.
IBS is more common in women than in men, individuals with IBS typically have a sensitive digestive system, with heightened reactivity which causes the bowel to respond differently to normal gut, stimuli such as the passage of solids gas and fluid through the intestines. these stimuli can cause pain for IBS patients, other symptoms can include difficulty passing stool straining a feeling of incomplete evacuation, bloating relief of pain or discomfort after passing gas or stool.
The sudden urgent need to use the toilet and mucus covering. the stool IBS is often broken down into different subgroups based on the predominant stool consistency, ibs-d is when the digestive system contracts quickly resulting in diarrhea.
IBS c is when the digestive system contracts slowly resulting in constipation IBS M ,or mixed is when stools alternate between diarrhea and constipation. sometimes even within the same bowel movement, certain seemingly unrelated ailments are more common in individuals with IBS such as sleep, disturbances, fibromyalgia, back pain, chronic pelvic pain, interstitial, cystitis ,temporomandibular joint disorder post-traumatic, stress disorder, anxiety, depression and headaches.
Female patients have also reported discomfort during sexual intercourse work school and social activities away from home can become difficult, due to discomfort pain and inaccessible of washrooms since there is no obvious inflammation or physical abnormality in IBS, it has no specific diagnostic tests, so diagnosis relies on symptoms and ruling out any other possibilities. however the history and pattern of symptoms is characteristic and usually easily recognized by experienced practitioners.
Researchers don't know for sure what causes IBS, but there are some theories about factors that could influence IBS symptoms, including acute infection or inflammation of the intestine such as traveler's diarrhea, which may precede onset of IBS symptoms physical and/or emotional stress dietary issues, such as food allergies or sensitivities, or poor eating patterns antibiotic, use sensitivities to hormones produced in the body particularly for women, bile acid malabsorption abnormalities and gastrointestinal secretions and or digestive muscle contractions or peristalsis.
You might be able to reduce the symptoms of IBS by making certain dietary and lifestyle modifications, some possibilities include avoiding certain types of carbohydrates, getting enough fiber in liquids, reducing stress physiotherapy and consuming specific probiotics or medications.
Please read our article on IBS treatments for more details, with proper treatment many patients with IBS can look forward to a significant improvement in their condition. statistics show that approximately 10% of IBS patients get better each year, although a different 10% will develop the condition keeping the percentage of people in the population with IBS constant at any given time, IBS remains a condition that can seriously compromise an individual's quality of life and regrettably. not everyone with IBS will become symptom free, in most cases treatment will be ongoing and individualized, however IBS is a distinct condition and does not develop into anything else such as cancer Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.