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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS ) is a common disorder of intestines and causes crampy pain, gassiness, bloating and change in bowel habits. Some people with IBS have either constipation, diarrhea, or a combination of both. Some people have a crampy urge to move the bowels but cannot do so.

The cause of IBS is unknown. IBS causes significant discomfort and distress but does not cause permanent harm to the intestines. Researchers have noticed that the colon muscle of a person with IBS begins to spasm only with mild stimulation. The colons in such cases are very sensitive and reactive.

The main symptom of IBS is crampy abdominal pain with painful constipation and diarrhea. Sometimes people with IBS may pass mucus. Bleeding, fever, and weight loss are not cauesd by IBS. Some food and stress factors may exacerbate symptoms of IBS, including fatty meals.

Dietary fibers may sometimes relieve symptoms of constipation in IBS, but they may also cause excess gas and bloating. People with IBS should avoid food that commonly brings their symptoms. This may mean different food for different people. A low fat and high carbohydrate diet is helpful in mot cases. Medications may also be used to control symptoms if a diet does not work. Narcotic medications, though, are to be avoided.
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Treatment of Irritable bowel is customized with consultation with the physician. Condition like celiac disease, colitis, lactose intolerance and even cancers can mimic the symptoms. Dr. Singh works with patients to make a custom treatment plan.