Irritable bowel syndrome is a common digestive disorder that involves the large intestine (the colon) causing stomach upset and mild to severe discomfort. The walls of your large intestine are lined with muscles that contract to pass waste through your body. This passage is also aided by the production of mucus in your intestine. If your muscles don’t contract normally, it can lead to a host of digestive issues that fall under IBS.
There’s no known cause of IBS, and there’s no single test that can confirm the presence of IBS. There are, however, several factors that contribute to the digestive condition, including:
The most common symptoms among people with IBS include:
If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, make an appointment with a doctor at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice.
Diagnosing IBS is tricky, it’s often more a process of elimination rather than a definitive diagnosis. At your appointment, your doctor at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice reviews your medical history and may recommend some basic testing. If you have IBS, it’ll meet one of two criteria:
Rome criteria: Characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain that lasts minimally three days a month within the past 90 days. These symptoms should improve with defecation. Rome criteria also includes a change in the frequency or consistency of your stool.
Manning criteria: Under these criteria, your pain is relieved by passing stool. You may also experience incomplete bowel movements, changes in the consistency of your stool, and the presence of mucus in your stool.
There’s no cure for IBS, but there are many ways to treat the symptoms and prevent IBS from hampering your daily activities. Through primary care and behavioral health, medications, and consultations that help you adjust your lifestyle and habits, the impact IBS is having on your life can be greatly diminished. Lifestyle and behavioral changes that can make a larger impact include:
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