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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Symptoms

Part of the problem in the diagnosis of IBS is that the symptoms differ widely from person to person.  The symptoms often mimic those of other diseases as well.  This makes it difficult for your health care provider to pinpoint IBS as the cause of your bowel discomfort. Among the most common problems of irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal 

cramping or pain, a bloating, as well as gas.  Other symptoms may include diarrhea or constipation.  In some cases, an individual complains of alternating bouts of these problems.  Another common symptom is the appearance mucus in the stool.


If youíre like many of the people, you may be mildly bothered by these symptoms.  For a few individuals, these problems can literally be disabling.  And in a very few instances, the symptoms may be so stubborn that they donít even respond to medical treatment.


Everybody at one time or another has the occasional sign or symptoms of IBS.  But youíre more likely to develop a chronic condition of this disorder if youíre young and female.  For most individuals, IBS appears before a person reaches the age of 35.  Similarly, if youíve reached your 50th birthday, then the odds are in your favor you wonít be developing it.


More than twice as many women as men develop IBS.  Researchers are still looking into the role of genetics or heredity plays in IBS.


Fewer than half of the people who display symptoms of IBS actually seek medical attention. But it really is important to see your health care practitioner should you have a lasting change in your bowel habits. The possibility exists that you may have an even more serious condition than IBS.


Additionally, your health care practitioner may be able to help you to find different ways to relieve your symptoms. She can also help you avoid some possible complications that eventually develop, such as chronic diarrhea.


Other complications from this health disorder include constipation which in turn can aggravate hemorrhoids. 


Because of your IBS, you may sometimes feel discouraged or even depressed.  If your symptoms appear due to certain food triggers, you may discover that, in avoiding these foods, your system isnít receiving all the nutrients it needs for your energy and overall well being.



Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.



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