Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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I am taking today’s blog post to go back to unknown conditions and I will talk about Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Now this one is a bit more known. However, a lot of people are embarrassed to read about this and even talk to their doctor if they think they have this condition. And I will say…DON’T BE. It is your health. Medical Professionals have seen everything.

They are there to help you, not judge you. I know a lot of people have bad experiences with doctor’s but when you find one that you are comfortable with keep telling them your changing symptoms. There is no reason to suffer for nothing.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a group of symptoms that create the disease.

Some include;

  • Pain in the abdomen (stomach cramps)
  • Bloating
  • Gas.
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Mucus in the stools.
  • Lot’s of bowel movements.

The disorder primarily affects the Large Intestine.

For most it can be treated by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. But in severe cases this could also be treated with medication and counseling.

Things to keep an eye out for:

  • Pain and cramping in the abdomen. Usually follows by a sudden urge to use the bathroom.
  • Abrupt changes in bowel habits. Immediate need. Cannot wait any further.
  • Frequent need to urinate – due to the swelling in the abdomen pressing against the bladder.
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Anxiety and stress

While it is gross. Monitoring what your stool looks like (Color/shape etc) is also very helpful.

Some Triggers for the Diet could be – Too much processed food. Caffeine. Alcohol.

Some Triggers for the Environment could be- stressful work, financial problems. Not resting enough.

Some drugs can cause it- Anti-depressants, antibiotics etc.

There are a lot of issues that can be of cause. It is important to note if you make any changes in your life if they can flare the symptoms.

If you think you have this disorder. Talk to your doctor. Don’t feel disgusted or embarrassed. It is more common then you can think.

Credit to Mayo Clinic 

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