Irritable bowel syndrome is not a disease but a functional disorder. It may or may not lead to serious health issue that requires medical intervention, but as the symptoms become more serious, it gives agonies, embarrassment and panics.
The IBS symptom creeps in when restroom habit changes from the normal once a day to once every 3 days. Or constipation and diarrhea sets in alternatively. Any changes in the bowel movement, especially accompanied with abdominal pain are the sign of the IBS. The debilitating pain and the discomfort get relieved to certain degree, once the stool is passed.
The IBS symptoms include cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Usually IBS affects large intestine, which is an important part of the digestive system, and those episodes often happen after meals. Nevertheless IBS does not damage the colon.
Symptoms that should pay doctor a visit are:
1. Blood in stool
2. Unexplained weight loss
3. Constipation or diarrhea or abdominal pain that last a few days which debilitates the normal activities.
These symptoms may likely be signaling a more serious medical problem, a doctor may prescribe lab testing or an overall check up to identify the causes.
IBS is more or less related to the mental states, stress aggravates symptoms. Women with IBS often have more symptoms during menstrual periods. Sometimes doctors prescribe antidepressants to help anxiety, or antispasmodics to ease the colon spasms. Laxatives are used to treat constipation.
IBS is so often seen that some doctors rank it just second to the flu.
The causes of IBS are not clearly known, however, there are many different factors that can trigger the symptoms which include offending food and imbalance of the colon flora.
Colon hydrotherapy helps cleaning up the waste and the offending substance in the colon. A clean colon is beneficial to rebuilding the balance of the flora.