Digestion & IBS

Ironically, irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is not caused by a defect in your digestive system. IBS directly affects your digestive tract, but is not caused by a malfunction of your intestines like other conditions, such as Chrohn’s disease or ulcerative colonitis. MayoClinic.com explains that the exact cause of IBS is unclear but it is most likely the result of abnormalities in your nervous system. IBS is commonly confused with other gastrointestinal conditions and needs to be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist. Cause IBS directly affects your large intestines, or colon, but may begin in your small intestines. Your

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Everyone gets a stomachache or a bout of diarrhea now and then. But for some people, stomachaches are a regular occurrence. If you’re one of these people and you often feel bloated, have gas-like pains that are relieved when you go to the bathroom, or if you’re sometimes constipated and then just as quickly find yourself coping with diarrhea, you may have an intestinal disorder called irritable bowel syndrome. What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a somewhat baffling yet common intestinal disorder that affects the colon (the large intestine). The colon’s main function is to absorb

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Understanding the Gastrointestinal Tract

(Information reproduced from “Understanding Your Irritable Bowel” published by the IBS Research Appeal) In my experience one of the most helpful things we can offer IBS patients is a proper understanding of why their symptoms occur. For example, patients will often be reassured if it is explained to them that episodes of crampy pains in their lower abdomen are likely to be occurring because the muscle surrounding the colon, which is responsible normally for achieving movement, is going into spasm. There are at least 13 symptoms arising from the intestines alone which can occur in IBS and a wide range

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications. For some people, however, IBS can be disabling. They may be unable to work, attend social events, or even travel short distances. As many as 20 percent of the adult population, or one in five Americans,

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines) and affects an estimated 15% of people in the US. The term, irritable bowel, is not a particularly accurate one since it implies that the bowel is responding irritably to normal stimuli, and this may or may not be the case. The several terms used for IBS, including spastic colon, spastic colitis, and mucous colitis, attest to the difficulty of getting a descriptive handle on the ailment. Moreover, each of the other names is itself as problematic as the