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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Underlying Problem Requiring Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment:
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a chronic illness that causes patients to experience severe abdominal pain, bloating, and a change in bowel habits including diarrhea, constipation, or both. Those who suffer from IBS often have their lives negatively impacted. It is a disorder that can start after an infection or a stressful event in a patient's life. The actual cause is unknown, although it may relate to a communication error between the brain and the gut.

Treatment:

There is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome, but there are treatment options. One of the most common methods for dealing with IBS is to make changes to a patient's diet, as certain foods may be worsening the symptoms. Studies are showing that those with IBS are hypersensitive to fats and to fructose. For those who experience constipation as a part of the irritable bowel syndrome, increased fiber may also be beneficial. Stool softeners and laxatives may be recommended for these patients, as well. Other medications have been found effective in some patients.

Because stress can play such a large role in IBS, psychotherapy may also be a viable treatment alternative. Cognitive behavioral therapy has potential to be especially helpful, as does relaxation therapy.

Recovery from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment:

One of the most difficult aspects of recovery from IBS treatment is determining if one therapy has been successful or not. It may be necessary to try a variety of treatments before coming across one that has a significant positive effect. The estimated cost of IBS on U.S. productivity and healthcare is enormous, and research is continuing to find more treatment options.

Patients experiencing IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) can experience a variety of symptoms, including:
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Straining
  • Urgency
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Unpleasant Taste in the Mouth
  • Backache
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced Sexual Desire
  • Heart Palpitations

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