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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) refers to a disorder that involves abdominal pain and cramping, as well as changes in bowel movements.
It is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis .
Spastic colon; Irritable colon; Mucous colitis; Spastic colitis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
There are many possible causes of IBS. For example, there may be a problem with muscles in the intestine, or the intestine may be more sensitive to stretching or movement. There is no problem with the structure of the intestine.
It is not clear why patients develop IBS, but in some instances, it occurs after an intestinal infection. This is called postinfectious IBS. There may also be other triggers.
Stress can worsen IBS. The colon is connected to the brain through nerves of the autonomic nervous system. These nerves become more active during times of stress, and can cause th...
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.
IBS (sometimes st...
A stomach ache here and there might not be something to worry about but if your child is constantly complaining about their stomach there could be something else going on. We used to be taught that stomach or GI issues were either caused by a physical source OR and emotional one. Only recently has it become evident that the physical and emotional issues are more closely intertwined. An interesting study just released indicated that in 50% of IBS patients have experienced some kind of abuse ( 1 ). This number is double what is found in people with out IBS. The abuse was not limited to sexual abuse but included other forms of psychological trauma. While stress has often been linked to IBS it is thought that the trauma of sexual or psychological abuse may sensitize the brain gut interaction. Of course this news does not mean that everyone with IBS is abused but it is definitely something to keep an eye out for. If your child has serious changes in behavior, including...
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