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IBS Syndrome

By Runal Keronil

Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of Americans, many of them not even realizing that the symptoms they feel are not normal. Some suffer from severe constipation, while others deal with diarrhea. Other symptoms are gas and bloating. According to the Mayo Clinic, as many as 1 in 5 adults has irritable bowel syndrome.

Your Doctor may suspect that you have IBS due to your symtoms. There are specific symptoms that a doctor will look for which is called the “Rome Criteria”. Your doctor may order other medical tests to be sure that you don’t have another health problem that causes the same symptoms. To diagnose IBS you may be asked to take some blood tests and a physical exam. Some other tests that may be included are a Lower Gastrointestinal (GI) Series, which x-rays your abdomen to see any problems in the Large Intestine. Another test is a Colonoscopy, which is when the doctor inserts a tiny camera into your colon to take pictures to see if there are any problems there.

Doctors really don’t know what causes IBS, but some suspect that IBS may be stress related. When you have IBS the nerves and muscles in the bowel seem to be extra sensitive. The muscles may contract to much when you eat causing pain. These contractions may cause diarrhea while eating or shortly after.

The main symtoms of IBS are pain or discomfort in the abdominal area, and chronic diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both. Other symptoms may include a bloated abdomen, whitish mucus in the stool, or a feeling that you haven’t finished a bowel movement.

Most importantly, sufferers of IBS should avoid certain foods that can greatly increase the disturbing symptoms associated with this condition. These foods can irritate an already sensitive intestine and cause strong discomfort. Not everyone is affected as strongly as others by certain foods, so in an IBS diet it is necessary to take the time to determine which foods cause gas, constipation and other side effects. Initially, these foods should be eaten less frequently than before; if needed, a food may need to be entirely eliminated from the diet.

IBS help comes from Balvolex in the form of a reduction or elimination of diarrhea, cramping, constipation, anxiety reduction, and calming the extra strong spasms in the intestines.

Want to find out more about Irritable Bowel Syndrome Signs and Symptoms, then visit our site and learn more about What Is IBS and other FAQ.

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