May 26th, 2012 | Posted in 3 Various Specific Problems
Constipation and/or diarrhoea is often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although around 20% of the adult population are estimated to suffer from IBS, most people showing symptoms may be unaware that the condition exists.
IBS is a disorder of the gut in which the sufferer experiences abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort and a change in bowel habit, without an obvious cause. IBS is called a syndrome because it involves different signs and symptoms which are all interrelated. IBS is a painful and often distressing condition which can seriously impact the suffererâ€™s quality of life. It is thought that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from IBS and it is also more common in emotional and stressed people.
The severity of symptoms will vary from person to person, but the main symptoms are:
Sufferers can also experience the following symptoms:
IBS should always be diagnosed by a qualified medical practitioner, since the symptoms of IBS can resemble those of other bowel diseases. IBS can start at any time, but frequently begins in early adulthood and comes and goes over the course of many years. This fact alone is an important diagnostic pointer, but you should always seek further advice if your symptoms change. If you are concerned about your health, consult your doctor.
What causes it?
Muscles in the bowel wall normally contract in a regular rhythm to move food through the digestive system. IBS symptoms occur when this rhythm is disrupted for some reason, such as:
What can I do?
While there is no outright ‘cure’ for IBS, there are various steps you can take to try and alleviate the symptoms:
Acupuncture can help to restore balance to your system.
Try and change your DIET Go for foods that are:
Try to RELAX Over-thinking and over-worrying can contribute to worsening the symptoms of IBS. Many IBS sufferers find relaxation a big help. Tried and tested techniques include: