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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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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...
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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