Nearly one out of every seven U.S. adult suffers from this aliment. This intense disorder cause significant disruption in the sufferers’ ability to attend to the tasks of daily life. Generating discomfort such as chronic abdominal pain, bouts of urgent diarrhea, and episodes of chronic constipation, this bodily disorder does not show up in any visible disease process or tissue damage. It involves a malfunction within the affected individual’s intestinal system and a major disturbance of the bowel functioning. Few people talk about. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a digestive disorder cause is unclear to researchers.
Generally following a severe case of gastroenteritis, aka stomach flu and extremely stressful event, a high incident of suffers have been discovered to be victims of sexual or physical abuse in childhood. New research into the dysfunction within the neuro-chemical systems between the stomach and the brain are opening new insights. Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Crohn’s disease have similar symptoms to IBS. They often result in misdiagnosed IBS. The difference between them is they show signs of visible tissue inflammation while IBS does not. Other names for IBS are irritable colon, spastic bowel, functional bowel syndrome, and spastic colon. It generally affects adults and is most common among women.
Certain foods trigger IBS more frequently then others. Foods like milk, chocolate, caffeine, greasy foods, fast foods, and spicy foods commonly create the intestinal disorder and stimulate cramps, gas, and bloating. Most IBS suffers wait quite a long time before seeking medical treatment. It has been estimated that up to 70 percent of people suffering from Irritable bowel syndrome have not sought medical treatment for their symptoms. Currently no cure has been discovered for IBS. There are medical treatments available to relieve the symptoms, however, usually making dietary and lifestyle changes, avoiding foods that trigger your symptoms, increasing your exercise regiment, and improved daily stress management are the most recommend treatments. Behavioral modification to moderate severe symptoms is another non-invasive treatment plan. This method includes relaxation therapy, hypnosis, biofeedback, and cognitive-behavioral treatment. Non-invasive treatments help the suffer cope with the uncomfortable symptoms.
Because of the multiple combinations of factors that contribute to IBS symptoms, treatment plans will vary. It is important to set realistic treatment goals that fit your individual need. Keeping a list of your symptoms and identifying what you are doing at the time the symptoms occur can be very helpful in aiding you determine causation of the problem. Diet and lifestyle changes do not help everyone. You may need to discuss this with your doctor who may prescribe medicines for pain, diarrhea, or constipation. Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed as pain relievers. The pain relievers’ block and reduce the pain sensations in the stomach from reaching the brains nerve center. No single prescription medication has proven effective for all IBS sufferers. Other medications that treat single symptoms with varying success include laxatives, anti-diarrheal agents, and antispasmodics.
Complementary Alternative Modalities (CAM) offers alternative non medical approaches to the treatment of this ailment. Many people look to alternative medicine for solutions as well. Alternative remedies have many effective, 100% natural methods available to treat, manage, and relieve IBS. Fiber supplements such as psyllium is a great source of soluble fiber. Regular intake of fiber enables bowel contractions and helps regulate movement patterns. Detoxification via colonic hydrotherapy or colon irrigation, a method for cleansing the colon, helps to remove the toxic waste build up in your body. This CAM encourages smooth and regular bowel movements, thus decreasing your IBS symptoms. Following a detox diet is another option. Drink more water. Drink a lot of water. It keeps your system hydrated and as it passes through the digestive tract, it removes sediment from the intestine walls, it is a lubricant, and it helps soften stools. Dietary intake is extremely important that is why a BRAT diet, which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce and tea, along with organic foods is highly recommended. Oats, rice, and linseeds curbs bloating and gas, consider increasing your intake.
Naturopath Dr. Natasha Turner, ND, Vice President of Natural Medicine believes the symptoms of IBS may be related to five key areas: Food allergies – Deficiency of enzymes – Improper bacterial balance – Stress and – Irritation of the digestive tract wall. If there is an imbalance in any of these areas, the digestive tract walls may become aggravated and very sensitive and need to be healed and soothed. This functional ailment is not a life-threatening disease however, its symptoms and discomfort certainly affects the sufferers quality of life because IBS is unpredictable. Traditional and alternative medical options are available to deal with IBS to enable victims to live a good quality of life, no matter what their symptom stage, whether mild, moderate, or severe. The sooner you seek medical care the better. Although Irritable Bowel Syndrome cannot be cured, it can be managed successfully. Don’t wait until it has become a chronic problem. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inc.
Eating-for-IBS by Heather-Van-Vorous