Do you have unsatisfactory bowel movements?
You may be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS).
Here is when to consult a doctor for successful control of symptoms.
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.
The symptoms of IBS can vary; some of them are:
1. Gaseous distension or Bloated stomach
2. Abdominal cramps or abdominal pain
4. Constipation or diarrhea (increased visits to toilet but no increase in stool volume or unsatisfactory bowel movements)
5. Presence of mucus in the stool
6. Thinking about bowel movements
Some other severe symptoms of IBS include sudden loss of weight and rectal bleeding.
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 the condition are:
Psychiatric conditions like Anxiety/Stress/Depression/Somatoform disorders/Personality disorders/History of sexual abuse: Studies show that symptoms of IBS considerably increase if you are having psychiatric conditions over a prolonged period of time.
The initial step to manage the symptoms of the condition is to make prompt changes in your diet, such as eliminating spicy foods and dairy products, atleast till the symptoms subside. It is advised to resort to medications only if the dietary changes fail to yield results.
The various treatments are:
Red flags about which patients must know are blood in stools or Loss or decreased appetite. In presence of these worrisome symptoms, one should consult a physician as soon as possible.