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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is different from both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon (colon motility). The muscle contraction condition of the colon is often referred to as “spastic colon”. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a much less serious disease than ulcerative colitis. Irritable Bowel Syndrome bears no direct relationship to either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the large intestine/colon. Specifically, Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects the movement of stool and gas through the colon, and it also affects how fluids are absorbed into the colon. Research suggests that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome seem to have a colon that is more sensitive to a variety of things, including certain foods and stress. Consider the following symptoms caused by IBS:

  • abdominal pain /cramping
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea

Irritable Bowel Syndrome causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to intestinal bleeding or to any other serious disease. Most people that suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can control their symptoms through the following methods:

  • diet
  • stress management
  • prescribed medications

In some instances, Irritable Bowel Syndrome can become disabling. Persons suffering from a disabling case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be unable to work, attend social events, or even travel long or short distances.

Consider the following drug and herbal treatment options:

  • Alosetron hydrochloride
  • Tegaserod maleate
  • Fiber Supplements
  • Laxatives
  • Tranquiliaers
  • Antidepressants

Work with your doctor to find the best combination of medicine, diet, counseling, and support to control your Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.

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