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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common disorder which affects the colon (large intestine). It causes constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain and cramping. Irritable bowel syndrome is usually long term. Unlike other disorders like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t result to colorectal cancer or changes in bowel tissue disorder. Irritable bowel syndrome can be controlled by administering changes in your diet and lifestyle. Some also require counseling and medication.

When should you see a doctor?

  • When you acquire symptoms like sudden weight loss, severe abdominal pain which progresses at night and rectal bleeding, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.

What causes irritable bowel syndrome?

The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome is not yet known but studies suggest that a lot of factors play a major role. The intestinal walls are lined with a layer of muscle which contracts and relaxes in a rhythm when they move to your rectum through your intestinal tract. If you acquire irritable bowel syndrome, the contractions can get stronger and last much longer than usual. This causes diarrhea, bloating and gas. In some cases, the opposite can also occur, this can be characterized by weak intestinal contractions, which slows food passage resulting to dry and hard stools.

    However, some factors which cause irritable bowel syndrome include:

    • Foods- Many people have severe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome when they consume certain things such as alcohol, carbonated beverages, milk, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, fruits, fats, spices and chocolates.
    • Stress- Most people who have irritable bowel syndrome find that their symptoms worsen and are more frequent during periods of extreme stress. While stress can aggravate these signs, it doesn’t cause irritable bowel syndrome.
    • Hormones- Studies state that women are more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome than men. Hormonal changes play a big role in triggering irritable bowel syndrome. Many women experience worsening of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) during their menstrual periods.
    • Other illnesses- Other medical disorders such as bacterial overgrowth and gastroenteritis can also trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Risk factors of irritable bowel syndrome:

  • People below the age of 45 are more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Studies state that people who have a parent or any family member suffering from irritable bowel syndrome are at a higher risk of developing it themselves.
  • Personality disorder, depression, anxiety, a history of sexual abuse and domestic violence is a major risk factor for developing irritable bowel syndrome.
Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test sometimes required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Symptoms
Pain in the lower abdomen or stomach. Abdominal fullness, cramping, or discomfort. Change in bowel habits. Bowel discomfort, constipation and diarrhoea. Urgent need to defecate. Inability to empty bowels leading to indigestion.

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IBS - Can Homeopathy Treat It Successfully?

BHMS
Homeopath, Jaipur
IBS - Can Homeopathy Treat It Successfully?

If you are looking for an ideal natural remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you should consider undertaking homeopathic treatment. IBS is a health condition in which your large intestine, or the colon gets affected. It is a chronic condition and requires management on a long term basis. Homeopathy is effective for curing IBS, and several types of medicines are used for its treatment. Here is a list of the top homeopathic medicines used for curing IBS:

  1. Sulphur: This is one of the most common homeopathic medicines used for treating IBS and several other gastrointestinal conditions. It is used for IBS treatment when a patient experiences an increased urge for bowel movements. The stools are hard, knotty, and insufficient in amount. Early morning diarrhea is likely and the patient feels heaviness in his abdomen. The abdomen becomes sore and extra sensitive to pressure. This medicine is ideal for patients who are thin and weak.
  2. Pulsatilla: This medicine is ideal for curing IBS. When IBS influences the gastrointestinal tract and the urinary tract, the medicine is quite commonly prescribed. It is also prescribed to patients who experience distention of the abdomen, along with pressure and a rumbling sensation. Tightness in the abdomen is felt after taking any meal. The stools get affected and become watery and rumbling in nature.
  3. Nux Vomica: This medicine is prepared from a plant, which is commonly referred to as the poison nut. Along with treating several conditions related to the digestive, reproductive, and respiratory system, this medicine is effective in the treatment of IBS. It is prescribed for patients who experience constipation, which keeps on altering with diarrhea after purgative abuse. The patient experiences an increased and abnormal yearning for stools, and an unfinished sensation is felt after stools. Flatulent colic in the abdomen is likely, and small quantities of stools are passed at every attempt.
  4. PhosphorusPhosphorus is another effective homeopathic medicine, which is prepared from inorganic phosphorous. After undertaking potentization, this drug is used for treating several conditions, which include IBS.
  5. Silicea: This is an ideal homeopathic medicine, which is used as a part of IBS treatment. It is used in patients who experience food aversion, appetite loss, and cannot tolerate meat or hot food. Bloating and colicky pain in the abdomen is indicated along with constipation. The stools are hard and difficult to pass. Diarrhea with foul odor may also develop in the patient. This medicine influences nutrition and is commonly used for children.

If you seek homeopathic treatment for IBS, you should consult a homeopathic practitioner. He will be able to prescribe you the best homeopathic remedies based on your condition, symptoms, and severity.
 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - 3 Major Reasons Behind It!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery, Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation, International Visiting Scholar
Surgical Gastroenterologist, Hyderabad
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - 3 Major Reasons Behind It!

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS includes a group of medical symptoms. These include abdominal pain and changes in the pattern of bowel movements. The symptoms mostly continue for a long period of time and are divided into four types depending on diarrhoea or constipation symptoms.

Irritable bowel syndrome causes several negative effects on our health and should be treated as soon as possible. IBS is caused because of various reasons and factors. They are as follows:

  1. Digestive problems: Food is moved through the digestive system with the help of squeezing and relaxation movement of the intestinal muscles in a certain rhythm. In case of IBS, this process is altered and food moves through the digestive system very fast or very slow. When the food moves too fast, diarrhoea is caused as there is not enough time for absorption of water from food. In case of slow food movement, constipation occurs as a result of too much absorption of water. Disorders such as malabsorption of bile acid may also cause IBS in some cases.
  2. Psychological factors: Psychological factors also play a vital role in IBS. When a person is overtly emotional or is suffering from intense stress or anxiety, then these emotions trigger chemical changes in the body which affect the proper functioning of the digestive system. This is not likely in all people who get IBS. People who did not have IBS before, may undergo changes in bowel movements because of immense stress and tension. Many people who have undergone a traumatic experience such as abuse, neglect or a childhood disease can get IBS. These traumatic events or experiences in the past made these people more sensitive to stress, which may result in IBS.
  3. Several triggers of IBS: There are several food items and drinks, which may trigger the symptoms of IBS in a person. These triggers vary from person to person. The most common ones include alcohol, aerated drinks, chocolates, drinks which contain caffeine like coffee or cola, processed snacks such as crackers and biscuits and fried foods, which contain a lot of fat. You should maintain a food diary for identification of triggers that may lead to IBS in your everyday diet. Stress is also an important trigger which may lead to IBS. You should try to find ways to get rid of stress and must avoid over stressing.

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS results due to several reasons which may be physical or psychological. If you experience symptoms of IBS, you must try to detect or diagnose the reason and then look for proper treatment while consulting with your physician.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Common Factors That Can Trigger It!

DM - Gastroenterology, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Noida
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Common Factors That Can Trigger It!

A chronic condition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine that exhibits symptoms such as bloating, abdominal cramps, gas and diarrhea. The symptoms of IBS can be controlled by making lifestyle changes such as incorporating certain modifications to your diet and reducing or managing stress levels. For severe symptoms, you may require medications.

Symptoms
The symptoms of IBS can vary; some of them are:

  1. Bloated stomach
  2. Abdominal cramps
  3. Flatulence
  4. Constipation or diarrhea
  5. Presence of mucus in the stool
  6. Some other severe symptoms of IBS include sudden loss of weight and rectal bleeding.

Causes
The exact cause of IBS is not known, but there are certain factors that may act as triggers. There are muscles lining the walls of the intestine that relax and contract in a proper rhythm, thus allowing the passage of food through the intestine. In case of IBS, these contractions tend to be irregular, resulting in gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Some of the factors that can trigger this condition are:

  1. Hormones: Hormonal changes can play a role in triggering IBS. For a woman, the symptoms can worsen during her menstrual cycles.
  2. Stress: Studies show that symptoms of IBS considerably increase if you are subject to increased stress levels over a prolonged period of time.
  3. Foods: Certain foods such as spices, chocolate, milk and broccoli can act as triggers.
  4. Other Disorders: In some cases, other underlying conditions such as bacterial overgrowth or infectious diarrhea can cause IBS.

Treatment
The initial step to manage the symptoms of this condition is to make prompt changes in your diet, such as eliminating spicy foods and dairy products, at least till the symptoms subside. It is advised to resort to medications only if the dietary changes fail to yield results.

The various treatments are:

  1. Anti-diarrheal Medications: Anti-diarrheal medication such as ‘loperamide’ is used to control and manage diarrhea.
  2. Fiber Supplements: Certain fiber supplements such as ‘methylcellulose’ and ‘psyllium’ can help in managing constipation.
  3. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are prescribed only if the symptoms result from bacterial overgrowth in the intestine.
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What Is IBS?

DNB (General Medicine), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Internal Medicine Specialist, Lucknow
What Is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome:- ibs awareness month- april

Do you have the abcs of irritable bowel syndrome?

  • Abdominal cramping 
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea

April is a ibs awareness month!

Ibs is a long time functional gastrointestinal disorder with symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, altered bowel habit like diarrhoea/constipation. It can effect any age. Patient feels better after passing stool. There may be mucous in stool but without blood. Common cause is infection & lactose intolerance Generally diagnosis is made by detailed history and examination. 

Investigation:- stool examination and investigation required as per history 

Treatment:- diet modification with avoidance of milk/ fatty meal, treatment of infection if suspected, sometimes patients require short course of ssri. So basically treatment depends on case to case basis, depending on clinical situation.
 Remember it can be cured!

**one important aspect of diagnosis of ibs is identifying alarming signs which are weight loss, blood in stool, reduced appetite & fever (if these features are present, most likely its not irritable bowel syndrome) 

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5 Homeopathic Remedies For Irritable Bowel Syndrome!

Diploma in Gastroenterology, Diploma in Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
5 Homeopathic Remedies For Irritable Bowel Syndrome!

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a rather common intestinal tract disease which is characterized by sharp pain in the stomach, stomach gas, diarrhea or constipation. It is a chronic condition whose exact cause, although unknown, is sometimes attributed to the dysfunctional production of the neurotransmitter, dopamine.

IBS is characterized by abdominal discomfort, flatulence, irregular bowel movements, with alternating diarrhea and constipation. Women with irritable bowels syndrome may notice symptoms during their menstrual period. Symptoms get worse from eating certain foods such as animal fat, refined flour products, meat, raw fruits and vegetables. 

There is no particular treatment for IBS. However, the symptoms can be brought under control through various methods. The symptoms of IBS can be controlled by making lifestyle changes such as incorporating certain modifications to your diet and reducing or managing stress levels. For severe symptoms, you may require medications.

Homeopathy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS

When it comes to the homeopathic treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, homeopathy aims to completely eradicate or rather cure the problem.  All the symptoms of the disease as well as that of the patient which may seem unrelated to the disease are taken into account before prescribing the right medicine for the patient. That is how it tends to strike at the root cause of the problem and not just the symptoms of the disease. That is precisely the reason that it is able to completely cure the problem. And that is also the reason that it takes some time to cure it.

Homeopathy addresses and treats the individual with IBS. Not just one’s bowel or gut symptoms, as they appear on the surface - all the more reason why clinical studies substantiate the therapeutic value, effectiveness and safety of homeopathic protocols in the treatment of IBS.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from ibs problem past 10 years abdominal pain altered bowl habits incomplete evacuation mucus in the stool stomach Pain cramping in the intestines please suggest me good homeopathic medicines.

BHMS, M.D Homoeopathy ( Practice of Medicine )
Homeopath, Nashik
Hello, you can take specific medicine HOLARRHENA ANTIDYSENTERICA 1X for your IBS problem. Two tablet twice a day. I would suggest you to have a proper Homoeopathy consultation - so that one can take detailed information with history of your complaints and prescribe medicine which is most suitable to you because homeopathy medicines are prescribed on the basis of Individuals and hence different people may require different medicines for IBS. You can have online consultation for further details. Take care.
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I am Passing stool with very difficulty so can I have Dulcolax 5 mg ,is this okay?

MD, Fellowship in Intergrative Medicine, MBBS
Integrated Medicine Specialist, Kochi
It will cause habituation increase fluid intake and fiber rich foods KEEP MOVING if you want compete change of diet to have daily bowel movement naturally without medicines take a consult.

Hi, sir stool culture test me IBS Ka pata chal jata hai kya please reply in Hindi.

M.S. (Ayurveda), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Nahi ibs ki problem ka stool cultutre se koi lena dena nahi hai, irritable bowel syndrome me bar bar motion intestinal mucosal irritation ki vajah se hota hai. Bel ka bina chini ka sharbat din me do bar le, kafi fayada hoga, chanch & dahi ka upyog bhi faydemand hoga. Adhik jankari aur check up ke liye Lybrate ke madhyam se contact kare.
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I am 28 years old male and I am suffering from bowel discomfort and feel weakness and law stamina and lack of vitamin.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
You have to explain what is the discomfort you feel and you have to do a check up . You try normal food and see

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

When should you see a doctor?

What causes irritable bowel syndrome?

Risk factors of irritable bowel syndrome: