Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a very complex syndrome that affects mostly women in the United States and whose cause is still unknown. The syndrome itself affects fifty eight (58) million Americans nationwide, causing moderate to severe symptoms that in some cases may render normal daily function for those suffering near impossible. IBS is the number two cause of missed work and school in the nation, second to only the common cold.
About Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, that scientist do not yet fully understand due to its complexity. However, there are a few marked symptoms that commonly affect those who suffer from IBS which include overall abdominal discomfort, moderate to severe pain in the stomach (or abdomen), excessive gas, uncomfortable bloat, constipation, stomach cramping and diarrhea.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a long term disorder that does not respond well to modern day medications, this is most likely due to the complexity of the disorder and the wide array of factors that affect it. If you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome you can rest assured that it will not likely increase in its severity over time, but rather symptoms may simply fluctuate on a day to day basis.
Additional factors, aside from diet, that contribute to exhibited symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include (but are not limited to) hormonal changes, stress level, anxiety, nerves, and even the use of some medications may cause flare ups (such as certain antibiotics).
Most diagnoses of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are as a result of diagnosing the symptoms of IBS due to the fact that there are no physical structural problems of the intestines in those that suffer from IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a fairly common disorder and more of those that suffer from symptoms never even seek medical attention, but rather simply make necessary adjustments to their lifestyle such as eating habits and dietary changes.