Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - a disorder of the lower intestinal tract. It involves abdominal pain and abnormal bowel movements. Undergoing periods of stress often makes the symptoms worse.

It is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

The goal of Irritable Bowel Syndrome treatment is to relieve symptoms. Treatment is made up of both, lifestyle changes as well as dietary changes. Lifestyle changes: Dietary changes that may help relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Causes

There are many possible causes:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can occur at any age, but it often begins in adolescence or early adulthood. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is more common in women. The condition is the most common intestinal complaint for which patients are referred to a gastroenterologist.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tests & Diagnosis

Most of the time, your doctor can diagnose IBS with few medical tests. Some patients may need an endoscopy, especially if symptoms begin later in life. Younger patients with persistent diarrhea may need this test to look for inflammatory bowel diseases that can cause similar symptoms, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. You may need additional tests if you have blood in your stool, weight loss, signs of anemia, or you have recently traveled. Patients over age 50 should be screened for colon cancer.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Coping

Irritable bowel syndrome may be a lifelong condition, but symptoms can often be improved or relieved through treatment and maintenance of a lifestyle that supports digestive health.

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