SYMPTOMS—There are three basic patterns
- Constipation and pain.
- alternating constipation.
- Diarrhea painless diarrhea with mucous.
- Diarrhea frequently occurs upon arising.
Diarrhea frequently occurs upon arising, and again the following breakfast For the remainder of the day, he may be constipated Diarrhea at night is rare. Instead of diarrhea, stools sometimes are pasty and very narrow
Also present may be gas, nausea, bad breath, heartburn, severe headaches, bloating, lack of appetite, weakness, faintness, backache, and heart palpitations. Pain is often triggered by eating and may be relieved by a bowel movement. A fifth of those with this problem also experiences rectal bleeding.
Irritable bowel syndrome Causes
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common digestive problem which patients see their doctor about. About one-fifth of Americans have the problem. Primarily occurring between the age of 20 and 50, women have it twice as often as men. It is said that three-fourths of the population experience it at some time in their lives. Ibs is comparatively unknown in cultures where people eat simply, and not too much of it.
The fundamental problem is that the muscles of the small and large intestines contract in spasms rather than regularly. Something in the food bothers the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract,—probably the totality of the strange things Westerners eat: processed, greasy, fried, sugared, chemical, synthetic, drugged, and alcohol food; and eaten hurriedly, at irregular times.
These spasms cause the food to pass through the GI tract either too fast or too slow. When too slowly, too much water is absorbed, causing hard, dry stools; when too fast, too little water is absorbed, and the stools are watery.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a nuisance but is not life-threatening. But be aware that symptoms of IBS may indicate more serious problems, which sometimes are related to IBS: arthritis, diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, malabsorption disorders, candidiasis, pancreatic insufficiency, skin disorders, ulcers, colon cancer, and parasitic infections, such as amoebiasis and giardiasis.
There are diseases which have similar symptoms, such as diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and lactose intolerance.
Irritable bowel syndrome treatment natural
- To relieve GI pain and expel the gas, take an enema, use a heating pad, hot water bottle, hot fomentations to the abdomen, lukewarm enemas—given slowly. Moist heat will be more effective than dry heat, since it penetrates better. If the pain is severe, apply the heat for an hour, remove for an hour, and then apply again for an hour, until relief comes.
- Take charcoal tablets, to relieve gas and to bloat. But do not use it daily or it will cause constipation.
- The pain may be sharply increased by drinking cold liquids and eating food. It is now known that the pain is generally associated with constipation.
- The person may think he has too much gas, but studies reveal only that the normal amount of gas in his intestines bothers him more. But it would still be wise to avoid gas-forming foods.
- or smoke, drink enough water and avoid carbonated beverages.
- Eat more bran (oat bran, etc.), and it will produce more normal bowel movements. Coarse bran works better than fine bran. A high fiber diet is particularly important in solving IBS.
- Add crushed psyllium seed to your diet.
- Avoid stress, strain, worry, and rush.
- Avoid tobacco, tea, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, and drugs.
- Research shows that refined sugar needs to be avoided if you want to return to normal living.
- Do not use sugar substitutes (sorbitol, etc.).
- Do not take antacids or laxatives.
- Eat on a regular schedule. Do not skip meals or eat between meals. Let your digestive system rest before the next meal. Five hours between meals is a good rule.
- Do not eat before going to bed.
- Search for your food allergies. Keep written records and take the pulse test.
- Irritable bowel syndrome treatment natural.
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