There are many people who confuse Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In actuality, they are very different. IBS is a functional disorder of the intestines, in which structurally, there is no pathology. The intestines in IBD however, are inflamed or ulcerated. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease are types of IBD. Spastic colon is another term that is used interchangeably with IBS. The diseases are usually easily differentiated by history. At times laboratory studies, as well as imaging studies with barium ( small bowel series and barium enema ) is helpful. Finally, colonoscopy with biopsy can be used. Patients with IBS typically have abdominal pain, with diarrhea and/or constipation. The pain is usually crampy in nature and relieved with a bowel movement. The pain should not awake one from sleep, and is not associated with weight loss or bleeding. When IBS patients have abdominal pain and diarrhea, the symptoms can frequently...
The foods you eat may cause, worsen, or relieve constipation .
Normal poop (stool) patterns are different for everyone. Some people may have a bowel movement more than once a day while others may have one every 2 to 3 days. Normal stools should not be painful or difficult to pass.
Constipation is defined as bowel movements that are infrequent, hard or difficult to pass. Constipation may be a chronic (long-term) problem or occur occasionally. It may result from medications, a medical condition, not enough activity, or a diet too low in fiber or fluid.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition of chronic pain and sensory changes that can occur after trauma to an arm or a leg. The initial injury may be minor or severe. Pain is the main feature of CRPS, but changes in blood flow to the skin, increased sweating, and swelling are common symptoms. Movement disorders (MDs) such as tremor or dystonia develop in up to half the patients with CRPS. Dystonia is an abnormal twisting posture of the hand or foot. In this study from the Netherlands, patients with CRPS and dystonia are compared to patients with CRPS who do not have MDs. The authors tried to find out what causes the MDs to develop. They looked at age, duration of symptoms, type of injury, and severity of symptoms as possible factors that cause MDs to develop. They were able to come to several conclusions after comparing the two groups. First, the patients who developed dystonia were younger than patients in the group without dystonia. The length of time between the start of ...
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