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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

- Irritable bowel syndrome is a group of symptoms affecting the digestive system.
- It is most often a chronic disorder that causes troubling abdominal symptoms such as pain, irritation, inflammation, diarrhea and constipation.
- These symptoms can be managed through dietary and lifestyle changes such as eating right and reducing stress.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder affecting the large intestine. It is characterised by a group of symptoms that occur together impacting your digestive system. It is a common condition that can affect anyone, but is, however, more common in women.

Irritable bowel syndrome is also known as spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis.

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms affect every individual in a different manner. These symptoms are mostly present in a person for a long time, usually over a period of three months lasting at least three days. 

Common irritable bowel syndrome symptoms include:

Other uncommon symptoms that require immediate medical attention include:

Irritable bowel syndrome causes

Irritable bowel syndrome causes

The exact irritable bowel syndrome causes are unknown. However, researchers believe that the following factors contribute to the development of IBS:

Irritable bowel syndrome treatment

Irritable bowel syndrome treatment

Irritable bowel syndrome is usually diagnosed when a person presents with the above given symptoms. Common tests and procedures done to diagnose IBS include:

Irritable bowel syndrome treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and avoiding another onset of the disease. Treatment protocols include medication and lifestyle measures such as:

FAQs
FAQs

You can relieve IBS symptoms by applying heat to cramps, drinking tea, maintaining a food diary, increasing your fibre intake and doing relaxation exercises.

IBS pain can be felt anywhere in the abdominal region. It is, however, mostly felt in the lower abdomen.

Yes, IBS can result in weight loss in some individuals.