Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, afflicts nearly 1 in 4 Americans. With these extremely high numbers, you’d be surprised to find out that doctors have yet to discover a cure or even drugs to treat
IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a physically manifested condition that is characterized by abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
Those afflicted with IBS experience a great range of symptoms and pain, from occasional discomfort to daily and excruciating agony.
While doctors seem to have neglected Irritable Bowel Syndrome’s victims and their struggles, thankfully there does exist a good body of literature online and in bookstores discussing IBS.
Many who have experienced excruciating pain due to IBS have given their lives to writing about their experiences and recommending certain treatments for ameliorating, or even eliminating, the symptoms of IBS.
Under the resources tab in this article you will find some of the best resources I have discovered during my IBS research.
What are the Symptoms Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
While Irritable Bowel Syndrome manifests itself differently in all of its victims, some of the most reliable symptoms of IBS are the following:
1) Abdominal Cramping
2) Nausea or Dizziness
3) Abdominal Bloating
4) Diarrhea or Constipation
5) Abdominal Discomfort
If you have any of these symptoms and they seem to be recurring, a visit to the doctor is in order. While doctors dole out IBS diagnoses quite easily.
It is still recommended for you to seek a doctor’s advice because IBS symptoms can often look similar to larger health problems, such as different types of cancer, Celiac’s disease, and other gastrointestinal diseases.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome victims describe a range of pain when describing their afflictions, and the symptoms are felt throughout the day. While some feel great discomfort immediately after a meal, others feel reliably sick in the mornings or evenings.
Because of this, IBS can often be confused with lactose intolerance. If lactose intolerance runs in your family, consider this as a possible diagnoses and try abstaining from all foods containing lactose, or try taking “Lactaid” with lactose foods. If this does not work, you may have IBS.