Today, we’ll delve into a series of articles centered around IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. This article focuses on “what is irritable bowel syndrome,” but upcoming articles will cover topics such as “the signs and symptoms of IBS”, “tests and diagnosis for IBS”, “best diet for IBS”, and “best treatment for IBS.” It’s essential to differentiate between IBS and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) as they’re distinct conditions. We’ll explore IBD in future articles.
Historically, this condition has had various names, such as spastic colon, spastic bowel, and colitis. Individuals with IBS often don’t receive adequate attention from medical professionals. Statistically, IBS affects 10-15% of the global population, and surprisingly, 75% of them don’t seek any help. They either adjust to the symptoms or resort to self-medication. Only a quarter of the affected population seeks professional guidance. Most of them turn to various online resources or discuss their issues within personal circles. But many choose not to share their experiences, as persistent health complaints can sometimes distance them from peers.
IBS accounts for roughly 10% of all doctor visits. Typically, after a brief consultation, patients might receive medications to address symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, or bowel spasms. Repeated complaints often lead them to gastroenterology specialists. About 50% of all visits to gastroenterologists are IBS-related.
So, what precisely is irritable bowel syndrome? It’s an irritation of the colon or the bowel. The primary categories of IBS are IBS-C (constipation), IBS-D (diarrhea), or mixed (alternating constipation and diarrhea). Some affected individuals experience neither constipation nor diarrhea but suffer from spasms or sharp pains. Descriptions range from sudden sharp sensations to continuous dull aches. The colon, situated around the belly button area, is the primary affected region in IBS.
It’s crucial for those facing bowel issues to either seek guidance or resort to self-help methods. In our upcoming articles, we’ll delve deeper into the causes of IBS. Stay tuned for more insights in our series. For further resources, please refer to our book, “Candida Crusher.”
Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide general knowledge on the topic. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and information.