Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is known as a syndrome
(I don’t like that word ‘syndrome’ which means in Pathology or Psychiatry. a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder,disease, or the like.)
IBS is a common disorder of gastrointestinal (GI) function which affects more women than men in most Western countries ~ is this due to our produced foods which is a tributary factor of IBS? Does it affect more females than males because females see their doctor more often?
Personally I have found that around particular changes monthly in hormone levels that my sympoms of IBS are much worse as symptoms of IBS appear to be related to hormone status (e.g., menstruating, pregnant, menopausal, taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy). We are all different and as such women’s symptoms wax and wane in tune with their menstrual cycle. I believe that it is possible to explain the observed variability in IBS symptoms is that sex hormones affect GI motility and function. However, when I discussed this with one of the Gastro consultant he was of no help and another a few years later, was still researching his work in this field and would not comment.
I would like some UK research into this ever-increasing field where more people suffer. It is certainly worse for many females around the changes in hormones however for men it varies and is more likely to be only contributed to food. It is therefore extremely difficult for the average sufferer to cope with this ‘syndrome’ when few research is completed or made public to find evidence that supports a role for sex hormones in the pathophysiology and/or symptom in the presentation of IBS.
Doctors however need to discount possible causes like cancer of the ovary or bowel and do various tests to count out other possible causes of the symptoms which can be worrying whilst test results are awaited.
IBS is a disorder/syndrome where presented is abdominal pain or discomfort
as a primary symptom. It is accompanied by a change in bowel habit and abnormal stool frequency; more than 3 bowel movements per day is known as diarrohea] or 3 bowel movements per week [constipation]).
IBS patients also commonly report:
- hard or loose/watery stools,
- a feeling of incomplete evacuation after bowel movement,
- bloating and/or abdominal distension, and the passage of mucus.
Differences in presentation of symptoms have been described, including more IBS with diarrhea among
- men and more IBS with constipation and bloating
- among women.
- a Iot the most common disorders seen in the primary care setting.
Many differences in presentation of symptoms have been described, including more IBS with diarrhea among men and more IBS with constipation and bloatingamong women. IBS is one of the most common disorders seen in the primary care setting.
IBS may well coexist with other GI disorders, both functional (e.g., dyspepsia, chronic constipation) and organic (e.g., coeliac disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, many patients with IBD are diagnosed initially
with IBS. Studies show 40% to 57% of Crohn’s disease patients and one third of ulcerative colitis patients who were in remission had comorbid IBS. IBS can contribute
to symptoms of IBD, especially in quiescent
disease, if the symptoms of IBS are mistaken for an
IBD flare. This results in IBD overtreatment and IBS undertreatment.
More care and advice needs to be given rather than handing out anti-depressants which do not ‘cure’ the symptoms or alleviate them, going back to a good natural diet of fresh foods is what helps not manufactured processed foods of any description. We need to go back to growing our own and picking fresh and then our symptoms are less. Do not eat the five a day fruit and vegetables at least limit fruit which helps and vegetables have more digestible fibre and less acid than fruits, which may add to the problems.