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IBS what is it?


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Post by bluesheart on Sat May 09, 2015 7:51 pm

many are diagnosed with IBS or known as irritable bowel syndrome here is a rundown of what IBS is -

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a digestive disorder that many people have, but few people talk about.
It is estimated that IBS affects up to 15% of the population with its symptoms of chronic abdominal pain and major disturbance of bowel functioning.

IBS can entail bouts of urgent diarrhea, episodes of chronic constipation, or a pattern of alternating between the two.

IBS doesn’t show up in any visible disease process or tissue damage. If you have IBS, you know first hand how intense the disorder can be and how it can cause significant disruption in the ability to attend to the tasks of daily life.

Researchers are not yet quite clear why people develop IBS. Often the disorder manifests itself following a severe bout of gastroenteritis, otherwise known as the stomach flu.  stress and IBS often go hand in hand, but the relationship is not yet fully understood. New research avenues are looking at dysfunction in the neurochemical systems of the gut and the brain to better understand the role that stress plays in the onset and maintenance of IBS symptoms.

IBS is generally diagnosed after other disorders have been ruled out through routine diagnostic testing.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease, have similar symptoms, but involve visible tissue inflammation.

Individuals with IBS frequently feel as if they have lost control of their life and they just want to “feel normal” again. Although IBS does tend to have a chronic course, there are many interventions that have been shown to significantly reduce the frequency, severity and duration of symptoms.

IBS symptoms can often be reduced by changing your diet and lifestyle, although medication or psychological treatments may also help some people.
IBS-friendly diet

Changing your diet is a key way to control the symptoms of IBS. However, there is no "one size fits all" diet for people with IBS. The diet that will work best for you depends on your symptoms and how you react to different foods.
You may find it helpful to keep a food diary and record whether certain foods make your condition better or worse. Once you identify any particular foods that trigger it, you can avoid them.

People with IBS are often advised to modify the amount of fibre in their diet. There are two main types of fibre:

soluble fibre, which the body can digest
insoluble fibre, which the body cannot digest

If you have IBS with diarrhoea, you may find it helps to cut down on the insoluble fibre you eat. It might also help to avoid the skin, pith and pips from fruit and vegetables, too.
If you have IBS with constipation, it can help if you increase the amount of soluble fibre in your diet and increase the amount of water you drink.

Your GP can advise you on what your recommended fibre intake should be.

Probiotics are dietary supplements that product manufacturers claim can help improve digestive health. They contain so-called 'friendly bacteria' that supposedly destroy 'bad bacteria', helping to keep your gut and digestive system healthy.


A number of different medications are used to help treat IBS. These are:

antispasmodic medicines, which help to reduce abdominal pain and cramping
laxatives, which help to treat the symptoms of constipation

antimotility medicines, which help to treat the symptoms of diarrhoea

antidepressants, which were originally designed to treat depression but can also reduce abdominal pain and cramping.

Complementary therapies

There are several complementary therapies that are sometimes claimed to help IBS, including:
aloe vera   be aware that aloe vera has been linked to a number of side effects, such as dehydration and a reduction in blood sugar levels.
colonic irrigation

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