What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), also known as spastic colon, is a complex disorder of the lower intestinal tract which is characterized by a pattern of symptoms that is often worsened by emotional stress. The muscles in the intestines or the nerves that control the intestines do not working properly, causing the intestines to function abnormally. Because of the name, IBS can be confused with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is associated with a change in bowel pattern, such as loose or more frequent bowel movements, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome may be a life-long chronic condition, but symptoms can often be improved or relieved through treatment.
Signs & Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The following is a list of signs and symptoms related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):
- Chronic and frequent diarrhea, usually accompanied by pain
- Chronic and frequent constipation, usually accompanied by pain
- Abdominal pain or tenderness following meals
- Relieved by bowel movement
- Intermittent abdominal fullness, gas, bloating
- Abdominal distention
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Emotional distress
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Patients who begin having symptoms of IBS early on in life usually do not require an endoscopy. Younger patients with persistent diarrhea may require endoscopy to look for inflammatory bowel disease. Those that begin having symptoms later on in life may require an endoscopy.
Zelnorm is a common drug used for patients with IBS. As of March 30, 2007, the drug was recalled in the United States due to its serious side effects including heart attacks, strokes, and ischemic colitis.
Alternative treatments include increasing dietary fiber and avoiding items that stimulate the intestines, such as caffeine, regular exercise, anticholinergic medications before meals, Counseling, anti-diarrheal medications, and low-dose antidepressants.
Do I Have an Inflammatory Bowel Irritable Lawsuit?
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