What is irritable bowel syndrome

Dr. Lopez Rossetti talks about the causes and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

he Irritable bowel syndrome It’s a very common disorder, before it’s called IBS, but in fact the irritation can appear in both the colon and the small intestine. It is a dysfunction caused by changes in the nerves and muscles that control the sensitivity and movement of the bowels.

According to him American College of Gastroenterology in the United StatesAnd Scientific studies indicate that between 10% and 15% of adults suffer from it. The medical entity indicates that it is more common in women, as they are almost twice as many as men affected.

Signs of irritable bowel syndrome include bloating, gas production, and pain or soreness (a mild feeling of discomfort). Changes in evacuation transit may also occur with constipation or diarrhea.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal discomfort or pain associated with altered bowel habits, either constipation, diarrhea, or both (Getty).

The causes that can produce irritable bowel syndrome are many and very variable. For example, gastrointestinal intolerances, such as milk intolerance, which is lactose intolerance. Altering the microbiota, intestinal flora, which is the so-called dysbiosis.

Also, outline pressure A change in bowel movement, in the secretion of digestive enzymes and substances that can lead to irritable bowel syndrome can occur.

Sometimes, it is accompanied by diseases or problems with the digestive system. For example, it is not uncommon to find an association with fibromyalgia;or its association with chronic fatigue syndrome, or an association with it gastroesophageal reflux.

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As you can see, we are talking about a syndrome, not a disease.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a dysfunction caused by changes in the nerves and muscles that control sensation and bowel movement (Getty)

If you have these symptoms, even no more than three or four times a month, for more than three months, you have irritable bowel syndrome.

Although, in principle, it is nothing dangerous, do not let it pass, do not normalize the symptoms, and do not normalize a digestive problem, because it can develop.

We must find out what disease it causes, which could be among the diseases you named, and I might even add celiac disease. With the subject rounded, symptoms do not normalize.

If you have these symptoms, do a medical consultation, you don’t have to run, but do a consultation. I hope it will be useful and helpful.

* Dr. Daniel López-Rosetti is a physician (MN 62540) from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Faculty of Medicine. Head of Stress at the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). He is the author of such books as: “Emotion and Feelings” (Ed. Planeta, 2017), “Balance. How We Think, How We Feel, How We Decide. A User’s Guide.” (Ed. Planeta, 2019), “Stress, Suffering, and Happiness” (Ed. Planeta 2022), among others.

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