Irritable Bowel Syndrome – in the past – was thought to be a catch-all phrase when physicians were unable to pinpoint the exact cause for their patient’s gastrointestinal complaints. While in some instances this may be correct, the facts bear out that there is true medical condition described by this term.
- Bloating that is excessive and seemingly unrelated to diet is experienced by a number of patients. The pain is so extreme that it may keep the sufferer home.
- Both constipation and diarrhea are observed with this syndrome and they appear to be interchangeably present at one time or another. Once again, while the occasional bout of constipation or diarrhea is not uncommon, it is the severity as well as the consistency with which it occurs that makes it different.
- Cramps, flatulence, and overall abdominal pain have also been reported.
It is imperative that the sufferer visits a medical professional to rule out internal blockages and other obstructions prior to submitting to a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In the same vein, consider having several allergy tests run to rule out lactose intolerance and any other food allergy that you might not have thought of. In addition to the foregoing, a fecal float is a wise precaution to determine if you are suffering from a parasitic infection that needs to be treated so as to remove both parasites and their eggs.
If all these tests come back negative, then your Irritable Bowel Syndrome will most likely leave you begging for relief. It will be up to you to recognize the situations and foods that cause flare ups of the condition. Whenever you experience a painful recurrence of the syndrome, write down exactly when, where, and how it occurred. Document what you ate in the 24 hours preceding the episode, and also what your mood was in the same time frame. Some patients have found that their episodes are triggered by stress, such as it may be related to public speaking, and also by dietary components such as foods high in fiber or those that are prone to produce gas.
While it may appear to be at odds for someone who reports problems with fiber to undergo a colon cleanse, the good news is that some of the colon cleansers currently on the market do not rely on the tried and true psyllium husks to help clean out the colon and instead trust in oxygenated magnesium and other components. Discuss the use of such products with your doctor and then commit to a complete colon cleanse. Generally speaking, the regimens that take three, five or even seven days are the most effective since they will provide you with the time necessary to permit the body to rid itself of accumulated fecal matter and thus also evacuate toxins that may have been building up in that fecal matter. Quite a few sufferers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome have found a complete loss of symptoms altogether once a colon cleanse was successfully completed.