What is irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a syndrome where people regularly experience abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation, feeling bloated and flatulence. IBS is a chronic disease with which symptoms come and go over time. There is no clear cause known for IBS.
What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
- Abdominal pain
- Bloated feeling
- Constipation Flatulence
- To assess and discuss your IBD
- You have blood in your stool
- You experience continuous vomiting
- You're vomiting blood
- You have severe pain radiating towards the chest and shoulders
- Regular eating pattern
- Avoid foods that increase symptoms
- Eat enough fiber
- Drink enough water
- At least 30 minutes of physical exercise every day
- Keep living your life, try not to avoid to many situations in fear of complaints
Is irritable bowel syndrome serious and should I see a doctor?
Though IBS-symptoms can be very unpleasant, it's not a serious condition. IBD is a common intestinal condition and has few complications, but know when it's important to contact a doctor.
Contact a doctor:
Immediately contact a doctor when:
What can I do about irritable bowel syndrome myself?
How does irritable bowel syndrome affect my body?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also known as spastic bowel. A clear cause has not been found yet, but the intestines appear to act overly sensitive or spastic. It is often said that the symptoms in IBD are caused by stress, but that correlation hasn't been shown in scientific research. Stress can aggravate the complaints though, so it's important to avoid too much stress and when there is stress, to pay extra attention to a regular eating pattern, drinking enough fluids and getting enough physical exercise.