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Do you sometimes experience stomach pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements, either constipation and/or diarrhea? If so, you understand how uncomfortable certain foods and activities can make you feel. Now, imagine feeling this way all day, every day. For the millions of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dealing with these symptoms is a way of life.
IBS is one of the most common diseases gastroenterologists see every day. For many IBS patients, the disease is a mild annoyance, but for some people it can be disabling. In addition to the high number of patients affected by IBS, the lack of effective treatments creates difficulty in caring for these patients.
With traditional medications not cutting it for the growing number of IBS suffers, the medical community is considering other options, such as diet, to treat and control symptoms. Gaining increasing attention is the low-FODMAPs diet, which restricts consumption of certain carbohydrates and sugars (ferm...
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...
Definition Tenesmus is the feeling that you constantly need to pass stools, even though your bowels are already empty. It may involve straining, pain, and cramping. Alternative Names Pain - passing stool; Painful stools; Difficulty passing stool Considerations Tenesmus usually occurs with inflammatory diseases of the bowels. These diseases may be caused by an infection or other conditions. It can also occur with diseases that affect the normal movements of the intestines. Such diseases are called motility disorders. Persons with tenesmus may push very hard (strain) to try to empty their bowels, but they pass little stool. Common Causes Anorectal abscess Colorectal cancer or tumors Crohn's disease Infection of the colon (infectious colitis) Inflammation of the colon or rectum from radiation (radiation proctitis or colitis) Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Movement (motility) disorder of the intestines Ulcerative colitis
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