What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Apr 26th, 2008 01:22
Taksh Verdhan, Sakir Ali, ha mo, Vikram Singh, David Cowgill, http://www.ibsweblog.com/ibs-what-is-it-irritable-bowel-syndrome.php
Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects more than twice as many women as men,
for reasons that are not yet understood.
IBS is a physical � not psychological � disorder characterized by
lower abdominal pain (spasms or cramps) or discomfort, diarrhea,
constipation (or alternating diarrhea & constipation), gas, bloating,
and nausea. There is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is
actually a brain-gut dysfunction, but there are many very effective
ways of controlling and even eliminating IBS symptoms through safe
Irritable Bowel Syndrome treatments.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms - What Are They? How is IBS
It�s important to verify that your symptoms match those of Irritable
Bowel Syndrome before you accept this diagnosis. As noted, IBS is
characterized by continuous or recurrent lower abdominal pain or
cramping (from mild to excruciating) in association with altered bowel
motility (diarrhea, constipation, or both)and you can view at
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suddenly at any time of day or night, and may occasionally � though
not typically � wake you from a sound sleep. Gas and bloating are
common, but vomiting isn�t, though it can occur due to nausea from the
pain. Upper GI symptoms are not a typical part of Irritable Bowel
Syndrome. For women, attacks are often associated with menstruation.
Passing blood, running a fever, swollen extremities, and joint pain
are not symptoms of IBS, and point to other disorders. IBS is
diagnosed in part by the use of the official diagnostic criteria known
as the Rome II Guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosis? These Diseases Must Be Ruled Out
In addition to verifying that your symptoms match those of the Rome II
Guidelines, it�s also important that the following diseases are
excluded before you accept a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
As a rule, all possible physical, structural, and infectious
abnormalities of the GI tract need to be unquestionably eliminated
before you agree to an Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis. This
requires a physical examination, preferably by a board-certified
gastroenterologist. The medical tests needed to rule out disorders
other than IBS will depend upon your age, health history, family
health background, and specific symptoms.
Once you have a firm IBS diagnosis, take heart. While there is no cure
yet, there are many ways to successfully manage - and prevent - all
Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. You can control your IBS, not vice
To start feeling better immediately, begin with the Irritable Bowel
Syndrome diet and learn why how you eat is just as important as what