Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that affects the large intestine. It is a common disorder or illness that affects almost twice as many women as men, and it most frequently involves people younger than 45 years of age. IBS should not be confused with IBD (although a patient can have both). While IBS is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, IBD is inflammation or destruction of the bowel wall.
If you are living with the abdominal discomfort of IBS, your quality of life could be compromised on a daily basis. In fact, many patients who suffer from IBS find it hard to relax if they are not close to a restroom or at home. They may even avoid going out with friends or work outside the home in fear of unpredicted stomach pain and sudden bowel problems.
Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic gastrointestinal and functional bowel disorder that causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, gas, and altered bowel habits. While each person dealing with IBS is affected differently, the hallmark symptoms listed above can help to identify the condition. All of these symptoms can disrupt life and pose negative effects on a person. Running to the bathroom following a meal is often embarrassing and inconvenient, while other symptoms of discomfort can diminish a person’s quality of life.
Treating Your Gut Discomfort
It is important that patients don’t settle for a “band-aid” treatment approach for their IBS, or a medication that simply treats the symptoms and masks the root issues. With a skilled physician and advanced laboratory testing, your bowel issues can be diagnosed correctly for long-term relief and comfort. While there is no known, clear-cut cause of IBS, we know that food allergies and sensitivities, stress, hormonal imbalance and other lifestyle factors can have a high influence on IBS. The goal is to ensure that inflammation is controlled, symptoms are reduced, and the risk for further complications is minimized.
A chronically upset stomach is more than just uncomfortable, it can impact your overall health. Did you know that 80% of the immune system is found in the gut? Therefore, when you are experiencing problems with digestion and nutrient absorption, your overall health can be at risk. Don’t dismiss the importance of treating your IBS sooner rather than later. Call Rapid Healthcare in Bolingbrook today to learn more about saying good bye to your daily abdominal pain.
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