What is IBS?
submitted by AngelSong

Background: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is defined as chronic or
recurrent abdominal pain, altered bowel habits, and bloating, with the
absence of structural or biochemical abnormalities to explain these
symptoms. IBS is part of a broader group of disorders known as
functional gastrointestinal disorders. It is the most common
gastrointestinal diagnosis among gastroenterology practices in the
United States and is one of the top 10 reasons for visits to primary
care physicians. IBS is recognized in children, and many patients
trace the onset of their symptoms to childhood. Children who have a
history of recurrent abdominal pain are at increased risk of IBS
during adolescence and young adulthood.

The medical community has not yet determined the cause for Irritable
Bowel Syndrome. A combination of treatments may help a sufferer cope
with the symptoms; however given the diverse symptoms of IBS
sufferers; diarrhea, constipation, pain, bloating, etc.., and it's
chronic nature, none of these treatments at present will ultimately
cure IBS.

IBS is a non-life threatening illness. It does not progress or
increase your risk of developing Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Cancer.
Treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms so you can live your life
as normally as possible.

Based on your physician's diagnosis after the appropriate medical
tests, treatment may be different for those suffering from mild,
moderate or severe symptoms; however, they may be summarized as

    Mild: manage stress and make changes to your diet and lifestyle
Moderate: As per Mild + fiber supplements, over-the-counter
(OTC), anticholinergic, or like, medications.

   Severe: As per Moderate + tricyclic or SSRI antidepressants, or
5-HT3 or 5-HT4 medication.

More information:


holistic approaches:


Support groups:
http://snipurl.com/94v6  Canada
http://www.ibis-australia.org/  Australia
http://snipurl.com/94vb  US Support groups