what is irritable bowel syndrome?
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects more than 30% Americans in their lifetime. The disease has a number of names, including neuropathic colon, spastic colon, spastic bowel, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis. However, it is not confused with colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohns’ (Crohn’s disease) colitis.
IBS is a syndrome, with typical symptoms, such as pain and flatulence occurred at the same time. Generally speaking, it is not a disease (that is, it can not be like a cold in the human to human transmission, it can not be treated with surgery or medicine). It’s not life threatening.
what are the symptoms of IBS?
people with IBS experience constipation, diarrhea, diarrhea or constipation. In addition, IBS can produce abdominal pain cramps, or a feeling of bloating. Sometimes, mucus is found during defecation, which is one of the symptoms of IBS. Rectal bleeding is not due to IBS, if there should be a thorough examination of rectal bleeding.
what causes IBS?
the underlying cause of this disease is abnormal contraction of the intestinal muscles. Muscles are located in the outermost layer of the intestine, independently food along the intestinal transport of rectum and anus to mouth. IBS is a kind of intestinal muscle layer dysfunction. When you use the bowel microscope is normal, but they may not function normally, can occur at the same time is too strong or too weak to shrink, sometimes shrink too slow or too fast.
Although there is no physical obstruction of
, but the patient will have pain cramps or digestive dysfunction.
What role does
stress play in IBS?
emotional stress can contribute to IBS. The brain and intestine by nerve fiber coupling, autonomic function control intestines muscle, some people will be in tension or anxiety when nausea, diarrhea. Although we can not control the impact of this kind of pressure on the gut, but reduce the source of our life stress, such as high pressure work, family pressure, can reduce the symptoms of IBS.
how to determine the symptoms of IBS or other problems?
a colorectal surgeon or physician who makes a basic and complete diagnosis by obtaining a detailed history and complete physical examination. The inspection is performed to verify that your symptoms are not derived from other problems;