Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects the colon (large intestine). It is a common condition experienced by people from all walks of life. Although most patients with this condition can manage their symptoms through natural, non-invasive methods, in some serious cases, more intense intervention is required.
The causes of IBS are still being explored. It is thought that it is a result either of the muscular contractions in the large intestine being too strong or too weak, or of poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the nerves in the digestive system.
The symptoms of IBS include cramping, bloating, digestive problems, abdominal pain and excessive gas. Although uncomfortable, it is important to note that IBS does not increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
The symptoms and severity of IBS vary from one person to the next. The most common symptoms include the following:
More severe cases of IBS may be accompanied by weight loss, rectal bleeding and nocturnal abdominal pain.
People with IBS often report that the following factors affect the severity of their symptoms:
The most common risk factors for IBS include the following: