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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 

It is a disorder of the intestines causing abdominal discomfort and disturbed bowels.

Causes
The exact cause for IBS is not known. Its apparent triggers may be:

  • Oversensitive colon
  • Too fast or too slow movements of the colon
  • Change in nervous system

Symptoms

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea or both
  • Flatulence
  • Mucus in stool

Treatment
There is no cure for IBS as the cause is still not clear but the symptoms can be managed by:

  • Addition of fiber in the diet
  • Regular exercise for better bowel movements
  • Medication
  • Stress management