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...
Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Symptoms You may feel a variety of symptoms if you've hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling, or sharp pain. Depending on the cause, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet. Low back pain can vary widely. The pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are unable to move. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may also have pain in your leg, hip, or bottom of your foot. See: Sciatica Signs and tests When you first see your doctor, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is. Your doctor will try to determine the cause of your back pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches. Questions w...
As I sat across from my gastroenterologist in his private office in July 1998 I felt scared, anxious, and exhausted. Two weeks before I'd had my first colonoscopy after spending months with chronic diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bouts of blood and mucus, and serious weight loss. My doctor was speaking but I didn't really hear him. All I wanted was a diagnosis and a cure. When he said I had colitis my attention snapped to. We had an answer. Yippeee. I felt relieved. It had never occurred to me before that I'd be happy to be given a medical diagnosis. But I felt that the diagnosis would be the way to making things better. By the time I left my doctor's office I felt defeated. He had no magical cure for me. He couldn't even tell me what caused IBD or how to make it better. All I had were two prescriptions, one for Asacol - a drug that would help with the inflammation inside my colon and hopefully help the symptoms subside, and another for Bentyl - an anti-spasmodic t...
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