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    Friday, February 19, 2010

    5 Tips on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    1. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a digestive problem also known as "spastic colon" or "irritable colon."

    2. IBS symptoms include:
    • Abdominal pain (colicky, periodic or continuous dull pain)
    • Erratic bowel activity; frequent constipation or diarrhea
    • Accompanying symptoms of bloating, nausea, headache, fatigue
    • Sensitivity to intestinal gas (cramping, flatulence)

    3. The cause of IBS is unknown:
    • No evidence of specific disease
    • May be triggered by psychological factors or ingestion of food

    4. IBS is a condition that:
    • Is more common in women
    • Usually starts at an early age (20s and 30s) and recurs from time to time
    • Rarely starts past age 55

    5. Treatment of IBS includes:
    • Careful explanation of the syndrome, including what it is not
    • Better management of key triggers: stress and diet
    • Modification of diet to reduce or exclude foods that promote gas
    • Drug therapy to relieve symptoms (bulk fiber products, antispasmodics, antidiarrheals)
    • Occasionally, psychiatric therapy and medication

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    For any treatment of your own medical condition you must visit your local doctor, with or without our article[s]. These articles are not to be taken as individual medical advice.

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