Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, which is the abbreviation, is a very common syndrome. It is estimated that 1 in 7 worldwide suffer from IBS, it occurs 3 times more often with women than with men and usually it starts in the early adult years from the 20’s and up. It is in no way a life threatening disease but it is very uncomfortable for those who suffer from the syndrome. The latin term for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is Colon Irritabile.

Note: We always recommend that you seek medical advice from your own doctor and do not diagnose yourself from any information given on this page. Symptoms from IBS can also be symptoms from more severe diseases.

What is Irritabel Bowel Syndrome?

IBS is a suffering where there is a disturbance in bowel function. With the current available research it have not been possible to map exactly what causes it, becasuse it has not been possible to find any visible changes or abnormalities by examining people suffering from IBS. That means it is not possible to diagnose people suffering from IBS directly, but you have to eliminate other possible diseases to diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Tissue samples have shown that there can be an infection in the mucosa if suffering from IBS.

It is not yet proved what causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but researchers thinks that e.g. lifestyle, changes in the bowel movement, increased sensitivity in the bowel, genetic background, psychological syndromes, bowel infections and sexual abuse can all be a significant part of why you develop or suffer from IBS.

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