Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a disorder that may affect up to 30 percent of all Americans at some time during their lives. It is reported that 1 in 7 Americans are living with IBS, which makes it a very common health issue.
The disorder has many names, including nervous colon, spastic colon, spastic bowel, mucous colitis and spastic colitis. However, it should not be confused with diseases like ulcerative or Crohn’s colitis.
IBS isn’t life threatening, but is very uncomfortable and produces a pattern of symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating that tend to occur together, and diarrhea or the feeling a bowel movement isn’t complete is also common.
The underlying cause of IBS is an abnormality in the way the intestinal muscles contract, but it can be triggered by certain foods, poor diet, anxiety or stress.
If you think you might be dealing with IBS it is important to talk to a doctor, like the providers at Colon & Rectal Specialists. With the right diagnosis and treatment the symptoms of IBS can be greatly improved or eliminated.
But relief of IBS Symptoms is often a slow process. It may take six months or more for definite improvement to be appreciated and patience is extremely important in dealing with this problem.
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