Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that affects the large intestine, commonly known as the bowel. When you have irritable bowel syndrome you have an unnatural change in your bowel movement that is accompanied by abdominal pain. Anyone who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome knows all too well about discomforts such as cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation that irritable bowel syndrome can bring.
Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may include loss of appetite and women may suffer from an increased discomfort from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome while menstruating.
Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms can be treated with a high fiber diet or with hydrolyzed guar gum, which is the common use among irritable bowel syndrome patients. Generally, irritable bowel syndrome is treated based on the severity of each symptom a patient has. That means if a patient has irritable bowel syndrome that patient may have diarrhea, bloating, cramps etc., and not constipation. Therefore, treatment will be given for the dominant problem, which would be diarrhea.
Some common irritable bowel syndrome treatment options are antispasmodic, anticholinergic agents, Loperamide and in some cases antidepressants, which studies show relieve pain in irritable bowel syndrome sufferers.
What makes irritable bowel syndrome one of the most uncomfortable disorders out there is that sufferers feel they have no control over their disorder. Irritable bowel syndrome may strike at any time—it has no identifiable cause and there is no current cure in sight. Yet studies suggest that irritable bowel syndrome may be as a result of an intestinal infection, bad reaction to certain foods, stress or a faulty immune system.
But even though irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most frequent disorders seen by family physicians worldwide, it is not a life threatening problem. In fact, numerous researches suggest that irritable bowel syndrome does not lead to serious diseases such as cancers or lead to poor diet and ulcerative colitis.
Irritable bowel syndrome, on the other hand, is a disorder that can be treated albeit painful to endure; irritable bowel syndrome is less serious than inflammatory bowel disease. As the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can look like those of other diseases, it’s the best option to hold a serious discussion with your physician to do a trial and error to see whether the symptoms you are experiencing can be excluded as a diagnosis for irritable bowel syndrome.