Anyone who has ever been anxious, even for the shortest period of time, knows the way their stomach grumbles in sympathy. It perhaps shouldn't be surprising to learn therefore that one of the most common physical complaints associated with anxiety is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Having said that, anxiety may not be the cause of IBS. In fact it still isn't really clear what the relationship is between IBS and anxiety, except for the fact that it seems to exist. We know, for example, that relief from stress can help to ease the symptoms associated with the syndrome. We also know that certain changes to diet and lifestyle can have positive effects.
The cause of IBS may not be known, but its association with anxiety and stress and the lack of any obvious organic cause, make it an easy target to be considered psychosomatic. There are however a number of other possible candidates for the condition, a review of which can be found on the Mayo Clinic website.
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed disorder of the gastrointestinal tract in the United States. It accounts for about 30 percent of all referrals to gastroenterologists, and this condition contributes significantly to health care costs. It used to be a diagnosis of exclusion where numerous medical tests needed to be completed with negative results in order to finally make the diagnosis. Over the years, it has been determined that patients with IBS tend to experience specific symptoms, which have been summed up in diagnostic criteria by the gastroenterology community.
As a result of these Rome criteria, it is recommended that IBS be diagnosed according to these symptom-based criteria. Using these criteria along with outlined “alarm symptoms” has helped minimize the use of diagnostic testing that could have potential to unnecessarily place someone at risk for adverse risks or complications. The cause of IBS remains incompletely understood an...
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, so we'd like to discuss this disorder and its connection to osteoporosis.
One in five people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and approximately 30-60% of those with IBS also have osteoporosis.
What is IBS?
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications. For some people, however, IBS can be disabling. They may be unable to work, attend social events, or even travel short distances (NIH Publication No. 07-693, September 2007).
Researchers have yet to discover any specific cause for IBS. One theory is that people who su...
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