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Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Diagnosis along with medical care and attention

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome In Australia    

In this article, I want to talk to you about something that affects or will affect roughly 1 in 5 people in Australia. And if you’re a woman, you’re twice as likely as men to have this issue. It’s called Irritable bowel syndrome and as embarrassing as it may be, it’s important to know as much as you can about it in order to live your life to the fullest.

Living with IBS    

In order to live with it, you’ll need to know what you’re dealing with. Irritable bowel syndrome (also known as IBS), while fairly common, is a disorder of the large intestine. You may experience many symptoms of IBS such as cramping, gas, feeling bloated, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Just because you feel this doesn’t necessarily mean you have IBS, these things happen, but if the condition becomes chronic then you may want to talk to your doctor.

Who is affected

As I said earlier, while 1 in 5 Australians will develop IBS at some point in their lives, it is important to note that there are very few people whose symptoms actually become severe. And thankfully having IBS does not put you at any type of increased rock of developing colon cancer. 

Symptoms

Now that you can feel more at ease of your symptoms and risks it’s still important to know when you need to see a doctor. IBS can cause serious issues if you are one of the unfortunate few that develop severe symptoms. If you are experiencing significant changes in your bowel movements or many of the symptoms of IBS, it could be a sign of something more serious like colon cancer. It is important to see your doctor right away if this happens so they can help to rule out any serious medical conditions. Also be sure to see your doctor immediately if you begin to experience any of the following, much more severe, symptoms:

  • trouble swallowing
  • unexplained bouts of vomiting
  • bleeding of the rectum
  • unexplainable weight loss
  • constant pain that cannot seem to be relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement
  • anemia brought on by an iron deficiency 

 What causes IBS

So what exactly causes a person to develop IBS? The reasons may vary but it’s important to make note of all of them so you are better prepared if you visit the doctor. Inflammation of the intestines can be caused by having too many immune-system cells in your intestines. This can lead to pains and diarrhea. 
    
Nervous system and IBS

If you have suffered from an extreme case of diarrhea also known as gastroenteritis or a surplus of bacteria within your intestines themselves. Your nervous system can also play a part in IBS symptoms. If you have abnormal nerves within your digestive tract this can cause you to experience a heightened level of discomfort or pain when your abdomen stretches during a bowel movement or passing gas. 
     
Intestines

Your intestines are known to contract using their own muscles in order to process and pass food efficiently through your system. If your body is unable to properly contract, either by being too strong or too weak, it can cause you to experience symptoms of IBS. There are several factors in life that can also play a part and trigger your symptoms of IBS. Try and keep a diary of all the foods you eat, certain foods have been known to cause the symptoms of IBS to worsen in people. These foods vary from person to person so keeping track of what foods cause you trouble can be invaluable in avoiding any issues.

Stress

Stress, as you can imagine, is also a player in the issues that help aggravate your digestive system. It’s common for stressful situations to make many of your symptoms worse but it’s important to know that stress does not actually cause IBS symptoms to surface.

Hormones

And finally your hormones. It is still speculated that a change in hormones can cause someone to have increased IBS symptoms. Since women are twice as likely to experience IBS it is possible that they will have worse symptoms during their menstrual period. So take care when dealing with IBS and remember that it is important to keep yourself checked and healthy so that you can continue to live your best life. Stay happy, and stay healthy!!!
   

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8 thoughts on “Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Diagnosis along with medical care and attention

  • Aiden Horne says:

    When I discovered that I had IBS – things changed. I was not only uncomfortable so much of the time, but I was afraid to go out. What if there wasn’t a bathroom close by? I started staying home more and more, and that was depressing. But there’s help!

  • Christian Helman says:

    I have iBS because it can go hand in hand with depression. It hurts sometimes when I go and it’s very uncomfortable. After going to the doctor it has improved my symptoms and I have had a better life since then. Even if it is difficult it is definitely obtainable to reach a life that is worth living with IBS. IBS does not control my days or my happiness anymore.

  • Anthony White says:

    I am 23 years old and have been recently diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have been experiencing unpleasant symptoms with no clear cause for several months now, and finally after a trip to the gastroenterologist I was formally diagnosed with IBS. Treatment is possible, and while it is difficult and frustrating at first until symptoms are under control, there is hope.

  • Archer Moore says:

    As bad as irritable bowel syndrome can be, It’s manageable. I was 25 when I was diagnosed and, thought it has been a battle ever since, I have learned what my food triggers are and what delicious foods I can still enjoy to live my life to the fullest. I try not to be discouraged even though I know it will be a bumpy road ahead. To this day I still schedule monthly check ups with my doctor and it helps a lot to have someone to talk to. Don’t give up

  • Michael Stewart says:

    Growing up, I thought I just had a bad stomach when eating certain foods. Coincidentally, it is true I should avoid certain foods, but the struggle went deeper than that. Later in life, I learned that I had IBS. This was not just an issue with certain foods; it was hereditary and something I could do a better job controlling. Through treatment and mindfulness, my life improved.

  • Maxwell Brown says:

    What I’ve learned about irritable bowel syndrome is that you have to learn to laugh about it. Before I found a good treatment, I had some truly mortifying situations. Even now, I can tell you where the public restroom is in nearly every store, restaurant, and bar in town!

  • Jesse Roberts says:

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been something that I suffered with for many years, manifesting through bloating and gas. After meeting with a counselor and changing my diet, I was able to manage the symptoms and live more comfortably. There are many options for those looking to better control their symptoms – it certainly helped me!

  • Connor O'Brien says:

    My youngest brother was diagnosed with IBS as a teenager after several years of putting off going to the doctor. IBS is something that is treatable and we all wish he had followed our parents recommendation to go get seen about way before he did. He has really noticed that by altering his diet and watching more of what he eats in conjunction with taking his medication, he can manage his IBS a lot easier than he originally thought. We tell him often, if only he had went to the doctor sooner, he could have saved lots of unnecessary doctor appointments growing up and missing lots of days of school, which of course he probably didn’t mind. Growing up, my brother was always so embarrassed and anxious to go just about anywhere he wasn’t familiar with because he wanted to know he would be close to a bathroom at all times. Luckily, he has gotten the help he needs and advocates for others to do the same, as well.

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