SIGNS AND Symptoms Of IBS

Discover SYMPTOMS OF IBS flare ups, specific treatment options for each of the types and who needs investigating. 

So whether you have constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain or a whole host of other abdominal symptoms, it's all here!

So, let's take a look....

Types

There are 4 main types:

  • IBS- D or diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome
  • IBS-C or constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome
  • IBS-A or alternating constipation and diarrhea.
  • Post Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome which can occur after a bout of gastroenteritis 

All are associate with abdominal pain as part of the Rome criteria.

Woman Holding Her Abdomen in Pain

Other Signs And Symptoms Of IBS

Whilst most people think of the syndrome as being a bowel related disorder, I believe Irritable Bowel Syndrome is actually a MULTI-SYSTEM disorder.

Remarkably there are many more symptoms of IBS associated that cannot all be attributed to the gut. These include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Urine frequency

All these features in women can be influenced by the hormonal changes that occur around the time of a woman's period or during pregnancy which is goes someway to explain why they  occur more commonly in women.

There are various other hypotheses as to the causes. In men they can't be explained by the female hormonal changes so other possibilities such as viruses, genetics, foods, stress and environment have to be considered. None of these have been proven as a single cause, so it is likely a combination of factors.

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Who Gets IBS?

  • It is more common in women
  • 50% of sufferers have The Condition before they are 35 years old
  • Is more common in industrialised societies
  • You are more likely to have the condition if you have a family member with it
  • Appears more common in cases of sexual abuse in childhood

When should You be investigated?

Anyone displaying SYMPTOMS including should see there doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

You should be investigated further if you:

  • Have had bleeding from the back passage (see rectal bleeding)
  • Have a family history of bowel cancer, coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease
  • If over the age of 50 years

How Long Will I Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome For?

Irritable bowel syndrome is CHRONIC or long-lasting. It often "wax's and wane's" with periods of relative calmness interspersed by more intense problems.

They do seem to settle as you get older. Also, post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome usually improves with time too.

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