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What to expect if you have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

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What to expect if you have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

Gastro Science | Posted on 08/26/2022 by RBH

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is basically a group of intestinal symptoms that consist of abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, and gas. According to various research, Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS affects more women and younger people; it is quite common and people suffering from it usually have minor symptoms that significantly disturb and cause problems in daily life. Therefore it is necessary to know that its symptoms act as a trigger agent and know about the precautionary measures one can take in order to protect themselves from a worse condition. Generally, IBS can be referred to as a condition of irritable bowel movement,  mucous colitis, spatic colitis, etc that creates a group of intestinal symptoms that might appear together. But its symptoms and severity might vary from person to person. In Severe cases, it might cause just tunnel damage that might require surgery or increase the risk of having gastrointestinal cancer. Poor diet, poor sleep, changes in sleep pattern, stress, deficiency of vitamins, and roughage in diet may be some of the triggering agents that change the frequency and consistency of bowel movements.

Symptoms for Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS:

There are various symptoms that one might experience but majorly these symptoms depend upon the condition of the patient and the severity of their condition. Some of the symptoms of IBS might include: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Excessive gas
  • Acidity
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Irregular bowel movement
  • Mucus in bowel
  • Intolerance towards certain foods
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Stress or depression
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches

Symptoms such as spectral bleeding, weight loss fever, anemia, and vomiting are some of the extreme Red flag symptoms that require immediate medical attention or it might create a life-threatening condition. Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS might cause excessive bleeding, a side effect due to constipation, stomach ulcer, a tear in the colon or anus region, or due to hemorrhoids. Whatever the reason might be one should immediately consult the top Gastroenterologist in Jaipur. Further, sudden weight loss, fever, and anemia might also be underlying symptoms of a digestive disorder or disease.

Risk factors:

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects twice as many women as compared to men. The reason is still unknown but according to a few researchers a change in hormones, and changing the menstrual cycle might be a reason behind it. Further, it would likely affect people who are in their forties as compared to younger adults. People who have a family history of abdominal diseases are also at great risk of having Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

People who suffer from food sensitivity such as consumption of sugar, wheat carbonated drinks, and alcohol that upset digestion and causes extreme acidity and gas are also at greater risk of having IBS.

It is also seen that people who are often troubled with stress, mental disorder, anxiety, depression, and emotional and behavioral changes that trigger bowel movements and might lead to Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

Rukmani Birla Hospital is among the top hospitals in Jaipur. RBH has all the latest medical and diagnostic facilities along with the best gastroenterologist in Jaipur so, if you are suffering from any kind of digestive disease or disorder, contact us for expert assistance and care.