Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by trouble in bowel habits, such as going too often or too seldom into the toilet. Those who suffer from this condition may also experience discomfort or pain in the belly area. According to the website of GastroCare LI, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may vary greatly from person to person, but below are some of the most common symptoms:
- Bloating and gas
- Change in bowel movement patterns
- Mucus in the stool
Irritable bowel syndrome mostly affects the large intestine. Usually, there is no structural damage of any sort in the digestive system, as it just works differently compared to other people’s. This condition also doesn’t necessarily put the person at risk of other digestive problems.
This condition can also be categorized into four subtypes:
- IBS with Constipation – IBS characterized by constipation
- IBS with Diarrhea – IBS characterized by diarrhea
- Mixed IBS – IBS characterized by alternating constipation and diarrhea
- Un-subtyped IBS – IBS with no clear characterization
Irritable bowel syndrome is not life-threatening, but it certainly is life-altering. A person who suffers from IBS has no choice but to adjust to his or her unusual bowel movements, especially those who go too often into the toilet.
If a person goes too often, he or she may likely be discouraged in participating in day-to-day activities, and traveling into places where toilets are not easily accessible.
IBS is a chronic condition, so its victims will just have to deal with them long-term. But dealing with the condition can be much easier using the right tactics, such as avoiding products that may encourage bowel movement, like caffeine and dairy.
Being generally healthy on the inside and the outside is also a good idea. Eat foods with high fiber content, such as fruits and vegetables, and exercise to be more physically able.