Irritable Bowel Syndrome, better known as IBS, is a disorder that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, or all three of these symptoms. Some patients may also experience abdominal swelling as a result of IBS. These symptoms are not necessarily constant, but they do happen on a regular basis in IBS patients. At this time, there is no cure for IBS, but there are several ways that it can be managed and treated effectively.
Between 25 and 45 million United States residents suffer from IBS, with 2 out of 3 being female. People of any age can be affected, from young children to those in their geriatric years. Most people dealing with IBS are 50 or younger, however. Stress along with diet are thought to be factors in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, There is no known cause of IBS, and the symptoms can often be mistaken for other issues. Therefore, many of the people who get IBS do not actually seek treatment for it until they have experienced the condition for months or even years. Prompt treatment is the key to living with IBS comfortably.
There are a variety of different treatments for IBS. An important component of IBS treatment in most cases is careful management of the diet. A doctor can recommend a diet that avoids trigger foods and helps minimize IBS symptoms. Other lifestyle changes, like adding an exercise program and quitting smoking, can also be helpful. The doctor can prescribe medications that will give patients relief from constipation, diarrhea, cramping, and bloating. Some patients may also benefit from reducing stress in their lives via stress reduction techniques or lifestyle choices. The doctor can customize an IBS treatment plan for each person, since each person's IBS may take a different trajectory.
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