Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder (GI) in which a couple of disturbing digestive symptoms occur at the same time and act as irritants inside the GI tract. The syndrome is named irritable due to its annoying and irritating symptoms which may be present in a fully functional gastrointestinal tract. In the case of a person with IBS, these symptoms sum up to cause a syndrome.

IBS Symptoms

The symptoms of the syndrome may include.

  • Constant feeling of discomfort and pain in the abdomen.
  • More than normal amount of bowel movements.
  • Consistency of the stool is either too loose and watery or too hard and lumpy.
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Passing out mucus

Your Physician Consultation

Your physician consultation usually starts with discussing your detailed medical history, including:  current symptoms, their onset, duration and the history of the occurrence for other digestive disorders. Next, the Q and A for Your Doctor The following steps may be initiated to confirm diagnosis.

  • Stool test
  • GO series is lowered
  • Colonoscopy

IBS Treatment

The early onset of the symptoms of the syndrome may be treated by simply following a careful diet, such as, a high fiber diet, plenty of fluids, and staying away from artificial and spicy rich foods. Other possible treatment options include:

  • Medications such as Laxatives, fiber supplements, antidepressants, anti-diarrheals.
  • Counseling about digestive health with holistic techniques, such as Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness Training.  

Conditions that May be Associated with IBS

IBS is a gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal disorder. Some conditions that aren’t related to the GI tract, but may accompany IBS include:

  • Severe and constant pelvic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Somatoform disorders

IBS Outcomes

There is no permanent relief from IBS. Medication and a healthy lifestyle may lessen the degree of irritability and discomfort. Managing the condition in these ways may offer significant relief for you.

Next Visit, Q and A for Your Doctor

It is important to recognize that medications and medical procedures are associated with benefits and risks that should be discussed with your physician. It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition.