A diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome means that you have a chronic disorder of the large intestine. Symptoms of IBS might be abdominal pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and cramping – all of which can seriously disrupt your lifestyle.
These symptoms can also occur as a result of many other conditions, ranging from mild to dangerous. A specific diagnosis of IBS allows a patient to more specifically avoid the causes and choose effective remedies. It can also be very reassuring to know that the symptoms are not signs of a far more serious ailment.
Although troubling and inconvenient, IBS doesn’t increase your chances of colorectal cancer or damage your bowel tissue like Crohn’s disease and other colon issues. Also, you can learn to manage and reduce the symptoms by making changes to your diet and reducing stress in your life.
There isn’t a single known cause for IBS, but there are several factors which may put you more at risk. A healthy intestine has muscles which move in a relaxed rhythm when food moves from the stomach through the intestinal tract and out of the rectum.
When a person has irritable bowel syndrome, the rhythm is uncoordinated and the contractions of the intestine may be more pronounced causing diarrhea, gas and bloating. The opposite may also occur and the process of moving food through the intestine may be slow and lead to hard and sometimes painful stools.
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