It is entirely normal to get an upset stomach occasionally. Constipation, diarrhea, and stomach cramps are inevitable as we are all going to eat something that doesn’t agree with us at some point in our lives. Knowing when your discomfort is more than just a sour stomach is essential. Suppose you have some of the significant symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In that case, you may already suspect the disease to be the culprit. Or, if it is something that has plagued you for years, you may continue chalking it up to a “troublesome tummy.”
IBS is more than a frequently upset stomach, but rather a chronic condition that can disrupt a person’s entire life. Because they don’t like being away from home and having quick access to a bathroom, many people avoid going out with friends or going to a theme park.
If you’re one of these people, you know that this isolating factor can make you less satisfied with your personal life and hurt your relationships with other people.
The clinical definition of IBS is repeating abdominal pain that comes on three or more days per month, accompanied by alternating diarrhea and constipation. IBS sometimes manifests itself as predominantly diarrhea-related, or it can predominantly cause constipation. It can even be a combination of the two. In conclusion, this wide variety of conditions can confuse a person considering IBS as a concrete conclusion. Also, there is a degree of stomach cramping and pain accompanying diarrhea and/or constipation. This pain and cramping can come on suddenly at random times or right after eating and is usually relieved by using the bathroom after an urgent feeling to go immediately.
Those are some of the primary symptoms of an IBS attack. Here is a more comprehensive list of things a person suffering from IBS can experience:
- Sharp Stomach Pain
- Difficulty Passing Stools
- Sudden Urge To Defecate
- Having Accidents
Some gastrointestinal problems have similar symptoms, so telling one from the other can be challenging. Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, Diverticulitis, and even some types of cancer can all have similar symptoms.
With such a long number of severe illnesses, proper treatment is critical. The easiest method is to track your symptoms with a checklist, so your doctor knows what you’re going through. It’s best to see your regular general practitioner to start with because they can direct you to a good gastroenterologist in your area.
I recommend reading out my latest eBook, Dr. Nandi’s Guide to Beat IBS Naturally. This guide is packed with great information to help you manage your IBS symptoms and delicious recipes to help you minimize the effects of this disease. You can download the complete guide here for free.