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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Posted Jan 06 2011 12:00am

What is IBS ?
IBS, also called spastic colon or irritable colon, is a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by a chronic abdominal pain associated with alteration in bowel habits.

What are the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome ?
Symptoms include:
- Recurrent, colicky or cramping, abdominal pain which is relieved by defecation. 
- Constipation or diarrhea or both.
- Abdominal distention.
- Feeling of incomplete defecation.
- Mucus in stools.
- Urgency of defecation.

IBS can co-exist with  fibromyalgia , chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine, dyspareunia.

What can trigger IBS ?
Certain factors had be associated with triggering the onset of IBS, which are:
- Psychological stress and trauma.
- Sexual, verbal and physical abuse.
- Depression.

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