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Irritable Bowel A Disease Or Syndrome

Most people have misunderstood or been told that the Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disease. It is a syndrome. Who cares you say? “I’m in pain” in either case might also be your response. But there is a BIG difference as to how you approach this.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can have lot of negative connotations because it is said that “there is no cure”. This can lead to more stress and more symptoms. The point is this. A disease often has very specific causes like a bacterial infection and can be treated with something like antibiotics. Even a life threatening disease like cancer has very specific targeted therapies even if they don’t always work in the end. A syndrome is a loose collection of symptoms based on “causes” that may be different from one person to the next. The treatment here is VERY different in this case and requires individualization.

As an aside, one thing is for sure, in case you are wondering. IBS is not a communicable disease. It is not caused by a virus or bacterium and you cannot “catch it” from someone else. We all are aware of the fact that isolation from the society is one of the harshest punishments a person could have. Even in jail the foremost punishment is social confinement and it is treated as the harshest of all. So, don’t do that to yourself or to others.

A syndrome, until and if a cause is isolated, cannot be treated with specific therapies for a cure. Rather, the symptoms can be managed and if a root cause is identified that works for them eventually this can lead to a cure. However, there are no quick fixes unless IBS was a mis-diagnosis and you have a treatable disease inside you. To be sure, work with a doctor rather than guessing. Some of these other conditions and diseases can be life threatening.

By changing one word for another makes a big difference. We may even respond differently corresponding to the name or label attached to our problems. Irritable Bowel is only a syndrome and not a disease. A syndrome is just a state of condition for a given set of symptoms. People need not keep away from those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and they should try to help out others who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. By learning the correct usage of words we are able to understand condition of the fellow sufferers too.

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Reasons Behind Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Does the rise of fast food have something to do with irritable bowel syndrome? IBS is certainly becoming common among people who have crossed over from their teens and even in those in the thirty something age range. Coincidence?

According to a number of research studies, the ingredients in fast food may have a connection with dysfunction of the large intestine or colon which is quite sensitive to both food byproducts and stress. Due to the latter, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also known as spastic colon. Anyone afflicted with this syndrome may have irregular bowel movements which are labeled spasmodic, and this is often mixed in with constipation as well.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may also be an eventual development in those who have multiple intestinal infections caused by bacteria like E coli, salmonella etc. It is felt that those who develop bacterial gastroenteritis may be more prone to eventually develop IBS. This is not proven by any means, but if you have this condition of are bordering on a chronic symptom state that is close to this, it is reasonable to stop eating foods that might be causing repeat infections. This may occur with spoiled food, some cheeses etc, but is not very common in the USA.

We also know that Irritable Bowel Syndrome deepens one’s stress and anxiety which again worsen the condition. Likewise, other symptoms of IBS also induce some types of nervousness and depression. It can be a full circle of chronic stress-symptoms-stress-symptoms.

In some folks, what was thought to be IBS is really celiac disease which is related to lack of ability to efficiently process gluten (a protein) by the digestive system. Wheat flour, barley white of the eye etc contains the protein called gluten which usually helps in the bread making process. The immune system of people afflicted with celiac disease reacts to this protein- gluten, by destroying tissue in the intestinal wall. By doing a blood test you can confirm whether or not you may have this gluten allergy vs. IBS. The test is for certain antibodies that may be present in your system. Keep one important point in mind if you are tested. A positive test pretty much says that you have gluten allergy or celiac disease. However, if the test is negative, it does NOT mean that you do not have celiac disease. This is referred to as a false negative and can certainly be your problem. So, if you suspect that you may still have celiac disease after a negative test, simply try a gluten free diet. If you are better after a few weeks to a month, you have your answer.

So, this may be repetitive from article to article, but in order to stop suffering from IBS, or what you may thing is IBS, is straightforward to attack. First, working with a doctor, make sure it is not a diagnosable disease rather than IBS. Second, assuming there is no disease diagnosis, determine which foods make your conditions worse, and eliminate them. Third, even though stress is becoming more and more part of the average person’s human condition, you either have to eliminate the stress or manage it.

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