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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Can Be A Serious Problem

Updated on August 28, 2012

A friend of mine suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and has since he was a young child. Until I actually saw what the condition was all about, I had always thought of it as something minor, something people complained about that really just meant they had a nervous stomach. After seeing his experiences with the condition, however, and the amount of pain and discomfort he has had to endure, I am firmly convinced that Irritable Bowl Syndrome can be a serious problem.

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, meaning it is a problem caused by changes in how the GI tract works. People with a functional GI disorder have frequent symptoms, but the GI tract does not become damaged. IBS is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms that occur together. The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort, often reported as cramping, along with diarrhea, constipation, or both. In the past, IBS was called colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, nervous colon, and spastic bowel.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - From A General People Perspective

His Irritable Bowel Syndrome has a tendency to kick in whenever he eats certain type of foods, particularly rich cheeses, fried foods and spicy foods. When he over-does any of those things, and sometimes even when he eats those types of foods in moderation, his condition will set off, and then he is in horrible pain with cramps and usually has horrible bouts of diarrhea. This not just run-of-the-mill stuff, where he can take come over-the-counter medicine and get over it. He is usually incapacitated for the rest of the night.

I remember on one occasion, we were all going to go out and watch a boxing match. My friend who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome was going to go with us. We had gotten some chicken wings before we headed out. We were almost to the arena when he started having problems. He headed straight for the bathroom when we arrived, and spent most of the night in and out of the bathroom, and really could not be himself because he was in constant pain and discomfort. It was a very difficult thing to see.

Then there was the occasion in college when we had a big final coming up in our statistics class. He knew that his Irritable Bowel Syndrome could be set off if he ate a big breakfast, so he decided to keep it light and just have some toast. That was when he discovered another element that could set off his IBS, and that is stress. The entire time he was taking his test, he was squirming around and grabbing his stomach, and even had to ask to be excused a couple of times to run to the bathroom.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a serious problem and is a major source of discomfort to those who suffer from it. My friend has gotten medication to help with the condition, but it has not completely gotten rid of it and he will still flair up from time to time. I will never look down on IBS again and I thank God practically every time that I see him struggling that I don't have that problem.

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