Irratable Bowl Syndrome Essay

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Irratable Bowl Syndrome

Bo Moore

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (usually referred to as IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine
that lasts for a long period of time. People who have IBS experience symptoms like
constipation or diarrhea. These symptoms can occur one after another. A person can
experience constipation at some times and diarrhea at other times. Occurrences of lower
bowel irritation may also be accompanied by mild pain, swelling of the stomach and a lot
of digestive gas. Other names for IBS are spastic bowel, spastic colon, irritable colon
syndrome, and functional bowel disease.

A person who has IBS can lead a normal life. One would think that with continual diarrhea
that a person with IBS would lose weight, be malnourished, or that they would develop more
serious digestive problems. However, these are very rare. Only in a very small number of
cases does IBS become so disabling that it can interfere with a person's normal
activities. But some people withdraw from activities because the diarrhea or constipation
bothers them. In such cases, doctors may recommend mental health counseling.

Most patients who have IBS seek help from a gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist is a
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