Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS): From Symptoms to Treatment
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also referred to as IBS, is a condition that can't be cured and affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of those are females. This amounts to about 10- 15% of the population. Of that percentage, most sufferers are under the age of 50. The disease is characterized by abdominal pain and discomfort and altered bowel habits while using cialis express schweiz. Altered bowel habits include chronic or recurrent diarrhea and constipation. While the exact cause of IBS isn't known, it is suspected that symptoms occur from an issue in how the brain, gut, and nervous system interact. While little is known about Irritable Bowel Syndrome's exact cause, stress can trigger or worsen symptoms. Unfortunately, those who have to deal with IBS have to deal with the unpredictability of the disorder. Symptoms can vary and alternate between constipation and diarrhea. Those struggling with IBS deal with the emotional, physical, and economic effects of the condition.

The first signs of IBS are characterized by pain and cramping, accompanied by diarrhea or constipation, gas or bloating, and fatigue. Those dealing with IBS often have alternating diarrhea and constipation, food intolerance, and intense changes in their bowel movements. IBS also can cause depression and anxiety. The condition is debilitating for many people. In a large study of over 94,000 people, those with IBS were 70% more likely to have anxiety and 50% more likely to have depression. The first step if you think you may have IBS is to visit a doctor. Irritable Bowel Syndrome requires a medical diagnosis. The sooner you are diagnosed, the quicker treatment can begin.

There are several medications available for treatment of IBS. These include, but are not limited to, Alosetron, Rifaximin, and Linaclotide. Before a doctor can prescribe a medication, tests must first be ran to verify that your symptoms are IBS. These laboratory tests might include Lactose Intolerance tests, an upper endoscopy, stool tests, or a breath test for bacterial growth. Imaging tests might include a colonoscopy or X-rays to verify diagnosis. While some symptoms may require medication, those with less severe symptoms may see better results with less invasive methods of controlling them. Avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, eating high-fiber foods, and exercising are ways to improve symptoms without medication.

If you are one of the many who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, there is hope. Avoid IBS triggers, avoiding foods that upset your digestive tract, and managing stress are all ways to manage your symptoms. While IBS has the ability to be debilitating, it can be treated and the symptoms managed.


Im 45 and I have lived with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for about 13 years now. I had been suffering with problems and unexplained diarrhea for almost 10 years before a doctor finally diagnosed me after running several test and having a colonoscopy. This disease has cause several issues in my life. For 10 years I could not do the things that I wanted to because of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It affected my work and having to missing a lot of time because of the symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome seems to take control of your life and limits the things that you can do and could not live a normal life like most. Now that I have been professional diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and with working with the doctors and trying several things to help with it and to help me live a semi normal life. Taking medication and changing my diet has helped me with dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and trying to live a normal life. I have been able to go out with friends and enjoy doing things. I wish that I would have gone to doctors earlier and received an earlier diagnoses. I feel that I have gotten some of my life back .

Harley Harrison
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