What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common conditions of the digestive system and although not life-threatening, it causes great distress to the affected person.

The basic abnormality in irritable bowel syndrome is the alteration in intestinal motility.
There are three such variants:

1. Ones with an increased resting colon (Spastic colon).
2. Those with a decreased resting colon (Diarrhoea).
3. Those that have features of both (Constipation alternating with Diarrhoea).

Precipitating Factors of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

1.Psychological: Highly anxious depressed individuals.
2.Highly stressful situations, fear.

Clinical Features of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

1. Young adults to middle-aged people.
2. Chronic constipation, diarrhea, or both over many years. Diarrhea is worse in the
mornings accompanied by mucous.
3. Dull abdominal aching pain, crampy at times.
4. Excessive bloated feeling.

Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Consult a doctor to rule out anything serious.

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