Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition of the large intestines, that includes problems with bowel movements, stomach pain, bloating and gas. Sometimes the intestinal muscles spasm disrupting the movement of food through the intestines. If they slow it down, you become constipated. If they speed up, you get diarrhoea.
Unhealthy lifestyle, imbalanced diet and stress appear to be the primary irritable bowel syndrome causes. A few other factors that could lead to irritable bowel syndrome are:
Research seems to indicate that while irritable bowel syndrome can affect any person, the following segments are at a higher risk:
Signs & Symptoms:
Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms could include any of the following:
Visit Medcare’s Gastroenterology Cclinic to get the right diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. The doctor will start by enquiring about your diet, symptoms, lifestyle and if anyone in your family has digestive problems.
The following tests may be required:
Irritable bowel syndrome treatment encompasses lifestyle and dietary changes, reduction of stress and medication.
A: Once in a while, we all experience pain in the stomach or problems while passing stools. However, when this turns into a regular feature with a feeling of bloating, cramps and a white mucus with the stool, it’s time to consult your doctor and check for irritable bowel syndrome.
A: Bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, and artichokes, plus soybeans and whole-wheat foods are a good source of prebiotic fibre. Prebiotics are not digested by the small intestine, but are used as fuel by colon bacteria. This fermentation process helps to increase the number of desirable or "good" bacteria in our digestive systems that are associated with better health and reduced irritable bowel syndrome.
A. The Roman IV diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome is based on:
The above should be fulfilled for three months continuously with symptoms commencing at least six months prior to diagnosis.
A: While there is no clear indication that stress and related conditions such as depression or anxiety cause irritable bowel syndrome, they do seem to make symptoms such as diarrhoea worse. For this reason, it’s important to manage your stress levels when treating irritable bowel syndrome. Exercise helps to improve bowel function and improves your overall feeling of well-being, so it helps to overcome irritable bowel syndrome.