Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS pain symptoms are common in sufferers and one of the criteria in diagnosis using the Rome III criteria.
On this page you will discover the causes of your Irritable Bowel Syndrome abdominal discomfort, investigations you may need & ways to manage it.
There’s nothing worse than the pain is there?
How can anyone truly understand the abdominal symptoms that you go through day in, day out and at any time?
If you think this, you are not alone as there are many millions of people who are suffering just like you.
What’s weird is how one minute you can be fine, the next minute it can be really quite severe can't it?
There’s no rhyme or reason as to why, when or where it might happen either! It’s a mystery to all, but one I am sure you are very familiar with.
A variety of symptoms, not just the flank and lower abdominal pains, but leg and hip pains too can be accentuated when you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
I don’t profess to have all the answers to your painful bowel movements, but I would like to discuss about how IBS pain occurs and things you can try to alleviate them.
So let’s get started……
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No one actually knows the full cause of your stomach pain. The issue that is common to is a change in your bowel movements.
This is known as “visceral sensitivity”, or a hypersensitive bowel.
It may occur because the gut has a connection with the brain and there is evidence to suggest this.
The brain-gut axis hypothesis theory of brain is stimulation by the things you smell, the things you see, your touch and hearing.
When you have any feelings of stress, abdominal symptoms including diarrhea and IBS pain are common.
When this occurs, the brain processes senses, sending messages through your spinal cord to your gut.
In Irritable Bowel Syndrome, abnormal signals reach the gut and are extra sensitive to them
As a result, you develop spasms.....yuk!
This can be thought of as a two way theory, with foods triggering your IBS through abnormal signalling of your gut nerves sending impulses to your brain with the resulting cramping that you experience.
So, coming to the most important part, you want to know how to improve the bellyache.
There is no one answer to this, as no two people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome are really the same.
What may work for one sufferer, might not work for you, but it is usually through trial and error that you will find a treatment that works best for you.
If you have acute symptoms, you are probably better off taking an antispasmodic drug such as
If this is insufficient, the addition of an analgesic such as codeine phosphate may help.
Herbal teas such as chamomile or peppermint or oregano may help too.
Simple measures such as lying down, using a heat pad or a hot water bottle may help.
In the longer term, you need to look at ways of preventing your IBS pain symptoms and this is probably the MOST IMPORTANT part.
Keep a diary of the foods you eat to see if there is a correlation with your symptoms.
It may be an intolerance problem such as lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance that you are experiencing.
There may be a trigger food that is sparking off your symptoms.
If you are getting frequent bouts of pain, you might like to consider an antidepressant treatment (not that I think you are depressed, but like a lot of drugs, they have different medical indications).
Hypnosis therapy may help reduce the frequency of your symptoms. This is evidenced based, so it's certainly worth considering.
If you discomfort is secondary to constipation symptoms you are suffering, these may need addressing before you can get relief.
If all these measures fail to help your pain, you may need to reconsider your diagnosis with your doctor.
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