Are you having cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation? Well, you should know that these symptoms could be a sign of a disorder called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and hence causes a variety of symptoms. Some of you can control your symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms should be treated with homeopathic medicine. Read on to learn more about the symptoms and consequences of irritable bowel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome vary. The most common symptoms are listed below.
- Abdominal pain, swelling or cramping that is usually relieved or partially relieved by passing a bowel movement
- Diarrhea or constipation or sometimes alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
- Excess gas
- Mucus in the stool
What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?
There are some factors that appear to play a role in causing irritable bowel syndrome. In some people with IBS, food might move too slowly or too quickly through the digestive tract, causing changes in bowel movements. Some people with IBS might feel pain when a normal amount of gas or stool is in the gut. Some of the problems that might play a role in causing irritable bowel syndrome include the following.
- Stressful early life events like physical or sexual abuse
- Certain mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Bacterial infections in your digestive tract
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, an increase in the number or a change in the type of bacteria in your small intestine
- Food intolerances or sensitivities
Keep a journal and record the symptoms and the activities you are doing when symptoms develop. This can help you to determine your personal triggers/causes for any symptoms.
Is there any risk factor for irritable bowel syndrome?
Many have infrequent signs and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. But you are more probable to have the irritable bowel syndrome if you are young. It is observed that Irritable Bowel Syndrome occurs more frequently in people under age 50. Also, you’re more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome if you have a mental health problem. Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A history of sexual, physical or emotional abuse also might be a risk factor.
What are the complications of irritable bowel syndrome?
Chronic constipation or diarrhea can cause hemorrhoids. In addition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is associated with mood disorders. Experiencing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can lead to depression or anxiety. Depression and anxiety also can make Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse.
When should you book an appointment?
Book an appointment with your homeopath if you have a persistent change in bowel habits or other signs or symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They might indicate a more serious condition like colon cancer. More-serious signs and symptoms include the following.
- Weight loss
- Diarrhea at night
- Rectal bleeding
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Unexplained vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent pain
Recognizing the symptoms enable you to know that you could be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Knowing the causes, risk factors and complications of irritable bowel syndrome is important so that you’ll know when to book an appointment with your homeopath. Visit your nearest homeopathy clinic and seek homeopathy treatment.