IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
  • IBS or Spastic colon is a common gut disorder affecting 10% - 15% of people.
  • It is a functional gastro-intestinal disorder.
  • Commonly affected age group is between 20 and 40 years.
  • Female gender is affected more than Male.
  • It affects the quality the life and not the life expectancy.

CLASSIFICATION:

IBS is broadly classified into:

  • IBS - D > Diarrhoea Predominant.
  • IBS - C > Constipation Predominant.
  • IBS - A > Alternating stool pattern (diarrhoea and constipation alternates)
  • IBS - PI > Post - Infectious IBS.
  • IBS - U > Unsubtyped IBS.

CAUSES:

  • Unknown – in most of the cases.
  • Stressful life event.
  • Genetic factor.
  • Post-infections.
  • Overuse of antibiotics.
  • Intolerance to certain foods especially spicy food.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Frequent diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Pain and discomfort in abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Changes in faeces
  • Urgency
  • Feeling of incomplete evacuation
  • Flatulence

INVESTIGATIONS:

There is no specific test for IBS. However, investigations are performed to exclude other possible illnesses.

  • Blood tests – Complete blood examination, ESR, serological test.
  • Abdominal ultrasound.
  • Colonoscopy.
  • Stool microscopy and Culture.
  • Biopsy
  • Hydrogen breath test.

GENERAL MANAGEMENT:

Diet and lifestyle modification:

  • Avoid taking carbonated / aerated drinks like soda and soft drinks.
  • Eat fibre rich foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains.
  • Keep your body hydrated by drinking sufficient water.
  • Avoid taking highly seasoned foods and alcoholic beverages.
  • Keep yourself Stress-free by doing relaxation techniques such as yoga, swimming, meditation, pleasant walk etc.

HOMOEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT:

  • IBS can be managed to its optimum in homeopathy.
  • With our distinctive case-taking, the causes of the disease are identified and treated.
  • “Ease your mind to ease your bowels” – Homoeopathic medicine has the ability to act on the mind and produce a calming effect by reducing the stress.
  • Homoeopathy helps to keep your mind and body in harmony.
  • It acts symptomatically and eases the sufferings without any side-effects.
  • Thus, it has proved helpful to improve the Quality of Life.

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