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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Estimates suggest that 30% of the USA population suffers from IBS. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long term. It may be designated as IBS-D and IBS-C. Proper management is required.
IBS is not a disease and it does not lead cancer. It is a condition that is manageable. A proper diagnosis is critical. It will not cause lifestyle limitations if managed correctly.
Because stress and depression are sometimes associated with IBS, it is important that those problems are controlled or improvement of IBS will generally fail.
Reasons for IBS treatment failure;
- Poor diagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Poor management techniques
- Poor compliance with treatment by the patient
- Practitioner lack of experience and knowledge
- Failure to correct depression and stress
- Medications are generally useless and may cause side effects
- Poor understanding of the condition by the patient
IBS is a "functional" disorder. This term refers to the changes in the functioning of the digestive system that results in the collection of symptoms referred to as IBS, meaning that it is a problem with the movement (motility) rather than any damage to the tissues of the digestive system. In the past, IBS was also called spastic colon or bowel, functional bowel disease, mucous colitis, or nervous colon.
Treatment should be adjusted to symptoms. Diarrhea and pain (IBS-D) can generally be controlled with the proper probiotic and fiber. Constipation (IBS-C) is more challenging and may need more dosage adjustment to match symptoms. Aloe Vera is helpful with the proper fiber.