About Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment
This is a disorder or a disease which leads to abdominal pain, cramping, nausea and other changes in bowel movements. Irritable bowel syndrome causes constipation and diarrhea. It also causes discomfort and an inactive life. IBS can be controlled by following a good diet, prescribed medications and also stress management.
Symptoms of IBS
The main symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, discomfort and diarrhea. Other symptoms include constipation and discomfort in passing bowels. People suffering from IBS have a frequent urge of diarrhea or loose motions.
Causes of IBS
One main cause of IBS is a colon that is particularly sensitive and reactive to different types of food and stress. The epithelium (the lining of the colon) can affect the nervous and immune systems while it regulates the flow of fluids through the colon.
IBS can be treated after diagnosis and understanding the patient’s medical history. There is a requirement of careful description and physical examination before treating IBS. There are no specific tests for IBS, but the diagnostic battery will include stool sampling, X-rays and blood tests. A colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy can help in diagnosing IBS.
The major symptoms include:
- Stomach pain and discomfort for 9-12 weeks
- There is a change in bowel movement
- There is a change in color of the stool
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Treatment for IBS
IBS is neglected without proper treatment or diagnosis. No cure has been found for IBS but there are many ways to treat the symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe treatments which include dietary changes and stress management. A healthy lifestyle and mind are the best way to prevent IBS.
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