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MAIN Arrow to HealthHealth Arrow to DiseaseDiseases Arrow to Irritable Bowel SyndromeIrritable Bowel Syndrome

irritable bowel syndrome in the lower GI tract
IBS mainly effects the large intestine
and anus in the lower GI tract.


Irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), otherwise known as irritable bowel disease (IBD), is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by doctors.

Researchers have yet to discover any specific cause for IBS.

One theory is that people who suffer from IBS have a large intestine that is particularly sensitive to stress or food allergies. The immune system, which fights infection, may also be involved.

Other causes may an imbalance of digestive enzymes or infection from intestinal parasites.

Women (typically younger women under age 45) are more likely to suffer from this ailment that usually causes painful bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation.

Testing for the condition usually begins by ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms such as Crohn's disease, lactose intolerance, or even colon cancer.

Since a specific cause has yet to be identified, treatment for IBS is mainly concerned with relieving gas and bloating, intestinal muscle spasms, diarrhea or constipation. If depression or anxiety are diagnosed as contributing factors, antidepressants or therapy may also be prescribed.

To ease symptoms, dietary changes are also recommended including avoidance of tea and coffee, carbonated drinks, and "gassy" foods, along with skipping large meals by opting for lighter meals more frequently throughout the day.

On the Web, find out more about causes & triggers of IBS, with information on a sensible IBS diet with related recipes, traditional and alternative treatments, and online support in related chats & forums ....

More about IBS around the Web:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Check out easily digestible information on IBS - the causes, triggers, treatments and other information to diagnose and cope with this condition.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Self Help and Support Group - This IBS group has grown around the need for support in the IBS community. The site includes a forum, chats and other on and off line activities plus tons of useful information and lots of links. Includes information on Crohn's disease.

Acupuncture, Herbs and IBS - Offering a "Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective" on IBS with extensive information including a page on each symptom. Also sells "premade herbal formulas" which should not be used without consulting your doctor. Links to the IBS Ring - 20 sites focused on IBS and related concerns.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.


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