Everybody has heard about IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. It is a term that is easily used when there are problems with the bowl or intestines. People with IBS will agree that not everyone will know what it means and what the symptoms are. Did you know that you need to have symptoms for three months before the diagnosis can be made?
First of all the good news; IBS is not a disease! In short, it’s an functional Intestine disorder, where Intestinal problems can occur without a specific cause. It is a disorder that involves many inconveniences that can express themselves in many ways.
Determining the diagnosis is very difficult because the symptoms may also fit in other conditions or diseases and sometimes simply cannot be linked to the intestine.
Symptoms of IBS
The most common symptoms of IBS are quite clear, almost everyone has them in varying degrees:
- Irregular defecation pattern. This can be in the form of diarrhoea (more than 3 times a day), constipation (less than 3 times per week) or a combination of both. Sometimes there is a mucus in the defecation.
- Abdominal problems that differ from an unpleasant feeling to severe cramps. Abdominal pains can occur in various abdominal areas, but it is usually around the belly button or lower abdomen.
- Swollen belly
- Nauseous feeling
- Bloated feeling
Symptoms that are not directly linked to IBS but certainly can be IBS related: are gastric acid, stomach ache, headache, dizziness, fatigue, lack of appetite, depressive thoughts, fears, sleeping disorders, loss of libido or weight loss.
It is said that the intestines are the “second brain” of our body. People who has IBS, the intestines and brains are in much closer contact with each other than people without IBS. The intestines are giving more alarms to the brain than normal.
It’s obvious that the entire digestive system is involved with the irritable bowel syndrome. There may be problems with the esophagus, stomach, intestine and rectum. Summarizing: IBS is a condition that’s very difficult to diagnose due to a wide variety of symptoms. If you have “vague” symptoms, please visit your doctor or specialist for a check-up.