IBS is a medical problem that is becoming more and more common. While not a pleasant subject for polite company, it is not a pleasant problem to have either. The most difficult thing about IBS is that there is no clear definition as to a cause, affect, or cure.
Symptoms can vary and are so often puzzling to the patient and physician. Many patients will receive that diagnosis if they have only a few of the symptoms when it could actually be something all together different.
The symptoms can vary from person to person but may also commonly be called a “gut” problem. We often hear people talk about a “gut reaction” to things; usually something that is disturbing and requires some action. We also often hear about folks who say they have had a “gut” wrenching situation arise in their lives. Sometimes people with a lot of “nerve” will be considered a person who has a lot of “guts.” Oddly enough these phrases have a lot deeper meaning because what affects the brain and emotions also affect the intestinal tract.
This is a clue to how some “gut” problems arise – there is a distinct link between brain signals and the stomach and intestines. Ever notice how you have a tendency to draw your stomach in when something emotional happens? We often see people grab their stomach when they receive distressing news of some kind, or have a close call of some kind. Could it be that this constant tightening of the stomach muscles, over a long period of time, is actually the culprit that causes not only IBS but ulcers as well? Becoming aware of this stomach tightening and mentally releasing that tension could go a long way in preventing IBS. This may also be associated with the “fight” or “flight” syndrome.
In our ever “increasingly” stressful lives and lifestyles, there are an ever increasing numbers of people who suffer daily from irritable bowel syndrome. Episodes can surely ruin your day and perhaps even your life when it becomes chronic. The Mayo Clinic gives more information on how stress affects the body.
Exactly what is this malady, what are the symptoms and what are the treatments? See links below.
This type of problem can be treated by a family physician; but often it falls in the purview of a specialist called a gastroenterologist. Treatments can vary as well as the results of those treatments. Having IBS can be serious enough in its own right; but can lead to more serious problems if not controlled – notice controlled – there does not seem to be a cure for this malady as of yet. But, understanding the cause may help many to prevent this all together.
An understanding of the digestive tract will help in understanding this illness as well.
There is a web site that gives a lot of excellent information on this disease which you can find by clicking here.
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