Velocity Care provides you with the knowledge you need about Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a disorder that affects up to 23 percent of the world’s population or approximately one in seven Americans. Symptoms of this disorder may come and go sporadically, and its cause is still unknown. The main goal of IBS awareness month, which is recognized in April, is to help spread the word about this disorder and to support those that are suffering from it, letting them know that they are not alone.
What are the symptoms of IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that may come and go. Someone suffering from it may experience symptoms for a length of time and then remain symptom-free for days, months or even years before experiencing symptoms again. It is unknown what causes these outbreaks. During a flare-up, symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and cramping, gas, bloating and loss of appetite. Individuals may experience different symptoms or a different level of severity in their symptoms. Many people find that the symptoms become worse during periods of high stress.
What triggers IBS?
The actual cause of irritable bowel syndrome is unknown. It doesn’t appear to be genetic or inherited, and it is not contagious or transmittable from one person to another. There does seem to be some link between food allergies, and many people often experience flare-ups or an increase in the severity of symptoms after eating certain foods. Foods such as beans, legumes, cruciferous vegetables or soda can all cause bloating and gas and may make symptoms worse; therefore people with IBS should avoid them as much as possible.
How is IBS diagnosed?
Irritable bowel syndrome can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. If a patient presents with the typical symptoms of IBS, a doctor will generally perform tests to rule out all other possible diseases. Blood tests, an ultrasound and an endoscopy or colonoscopy may be done, which will help to ensure there isn’t a more serious, underlying problem.
What treatment options are available for IBS?
Your doctor will be able to assist you in finding the right treatment options to help deal with the symptoms of IBS. Prescription medications can help to stop diarrhea or help to decrease the severity of spasms in the digestive tract. Laxatives may help to treat constipation or your doctor may recommend including more fiber into your diet. Other lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating smaller, more frequent meals, reducing stress and drinking more water may help to alleviate symptoms as well.
This April, help spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome. Visit www.aboutIBS.org for further information on IBS or to find out ways that you can help inform more people about this disorder.
If you have questions about irritable bowel syndrome or are concerned that you may be experiencing the symptoms of this disorder, visit a doctor today. The health care professionals at Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center are here to help you. They have the right resources available at their fingertips to have you feeling better, sooner. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find the walk-in clinic closest to you.
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