Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms and Signs
On this page, you will learn a little about irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and signs.
Abnormalities in digestion, absorption, and elimination are important to take note of. There are a number of rather serious conditions that can manifest with symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) abnormality.
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A note about Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms and Signs
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In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
Additionally, GI issues can in themselves lead to a number of issues. Thus, it is important to be equipped to identify the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as to understand the importance of seeking treatment for changes in digestive patterns and bowel movements.
For a wide variety of reasons, IBS can be difficult to pinpoint. Often, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms vary rather markedly between sufferers; it can also mimic a host of other conditions. Nonetheless, it is vital to know what symptoms may signify the presence of IBS; in a sense, they correspond to what one might intuitively think of upon observation of the name "irritable bowel syndrome".
Abdominal pain or cramping, a bloated feeling, flatulence (gas), diarrhea and/or constipation, and mucus in the stool are all know to be irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and signs.
In some people, IBS occurs as persistent patterns of constipation and diarrhea. Diarrhea is frequent, loose, watery stool, whereas constipation refers to the presence of hard, difficult to pass, or very infrequent bowel movements. For many people, these irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are relatively mild. However, for some individuals, they occur at an intensity such that IBS becomes disabling.
Though it is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 adults in America suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, it is not a common complaint in physicians' offices. Whether the cause of this is the assumption that GI issues are common, or due to embarrassment or discomfort with the notion of discussing the issue with a healthcare professional, the fact is that there is really no reasonable excuse not to seek treatment for IBS.
Not only can doing so alleviate a number of unnecessary, uncomfortable, and interruptive issues, but it can also potentially lead to the diagnosis and treatment of a more serious illness. Your health care practitioner can help you decide the best course of action, and most importantly, rule out an underlying cause.
Because irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and signs vary greatly between individuals, if you believe you may be experiencing IBS, it is wise to seek the assistance of a healthcare professional. Even if your gastrointestinal issues do not correspond to IBS, noting them and seeking help for them is a good choice.
Your health care provider can assist you in finding a means for relief, and examine the cause for your particular issues. IBS can manifest with many different symptoms, but in general, it means a change or abnormal pattern in activity in the gastrointestinal tract, and any deviation from what is normal for you is worthy of professional evaluation.
You can, of course, also explore natural health and healing for your digestive issues, and a wealth of information on that subject is available throughout this website.
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