Irritable Bowel Disease Symptoms

There are a lot of problems that people can get with regards to their digestion. This is because the digestive system is one of the few parts of the body that experiences a lot of variation, apart from the skin. With the many different foods and beverages that our bodies ingest, it’s hard to tell if there will be a good or bad effect of these substances.

One of the problems that can happen if your digestive system functions abnormally is irritable bowel disease, also known as IBD or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This kind of problem is not too common, although it becomes a lifetime disease if it affects you. This means that, like diabetes and heart problems, you need to deal with IBS and manage it for the rest of your life. But what exactly happens when IBS occurs?

The Cycle of IBS

There is no known clear cause of IBS, but what is known is that when it happens, a person experiences a lot of problems with the bowels. It can start with a simple meal and the next thing you know, you’re in the cubicle releasing three days’  worth of bowels. It can also be spontaneous in the cycle of symptoms. Sometimes, you might be suffering from diarrhea and other times, you experience constipation. It’s hard to manage IBS and it’s also hard to predict what will happen next. But there are some symptoms that you can identify to be able to get the help that you need.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease

  1. Irregular bowel cycles – you may have been accustomed to releasing bowels every morning. But if IBS takes place, your entire habit becomes broken. You might now be experiencing unusual bowel movements like frequent diarrhea. And then after a few days, you might be experiencing constipation. This irregularity in your bowel cycles is one of the most common symptoms of IBS.
  2. Abdominal pain – there are times when you frequently experience abdominal pain. This may be a cause for your lifestyle changes. If you always feel abdominal pain and you can no longer work normally because of this, you may feel the need to ask for help. If your abdominal pain is seconded by the first symptom, then there is a very high chance that you do have IBS.
  3. Tenesmus – this is a condition wherein you feel that there’s still something in your rectum or sigmoid colon that needs to be released, but it won’t come out. This feeling of incomplete bowel passage can follow diarrhea or constipation. It can also be very unpleasant because the feeling of stuck bowels in your intestines can be extremely bothersome.
  4. Bloating – the accumulation of gas in the stomach can be very unpleasant, and this is one of the common problems experienced by people with IBS. This condition can also be characterized as abdominal distention wherein you feel that too much pressure is in your stomach. Belching, passing of gas, and nausea are also closely associated to this problem.
  5. Mental problems – there is a high chance than a person with IBS also has a mental problem such as anxiety or depression. But in this case, the mental problem comes first and the IBS becomes the symptom rather than the other way around. 60% of all IBS sufferers also suffer from anxiety or depression

How to Manage IBS

There are many different ways for people to overcome IBS. If it is caused by a mental problem, IBS can be treated by first correcting the root cause of the problem. If it is because of colonic problems, dietary alterations may be required to fix the disorder.