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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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...
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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