Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS strikes often

Most people are surprised to learn they are not alone with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In fact, IBS affects about 1 out of 10 people or more. IBS is one of the most common disorders seen by doctors.

There’s no single treatment or cure, but here are various ways to manage IBS so that pain is not as prevalent. For reference, IBS can also be known as spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach, or irritable colon, though these are outdated terms.

If it looks fine, why does it feel bad?

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is one of a range of conditions known as “functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.” In IBS, this “disorder of functioning” is with the way nerves and muscles are working. In the doctor’s office nothing abnormal is seen on tests.

Your bowels look fine, yet there is constant pain, discomfort, and other symptoms that won’t go away. Or, they keep coming back. While there is no test for IBS, certain signs and symptoms are the bases for identifying, or diagnosing, IBS.

One of the reasons there is no test is because IBS is complex. It’s not a life-threatening disease, but it can have a major impact on a person’s life, causing daily pain and discomfort.

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