Spastic colon is also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms, usually involving a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and excessive gas. There is no identifiable cause of IBS, although symptoms may be aggravated with stress. IBS affects almost 30% of young women.
In irritable bowel syndrome, the bowel does not contract properly. It may contract forcefully after eating, causing severe cramps or spasm. Diarrhea may occur from the hypermotility (excessive work) that the bowel does. However, normal contractions of the bowel may actually become weaker, leading to constipation. The symptoms of IBS are painful spasms and bloating, usually in the lower abdomen, and diarrhea alternating with constipation. The abdominal pain frequently subsides after a bowel movement. The pain tends to increase when more frequent loose bowel movements occur. IBS is associated with the feeling of having an incomplete bowel movement, and the need to go again. Even when IBS symptoms are severe, they rarely disturb a person’s sleep. If symptoms do occur in the night, it may suggest a structural problem such as inflammation of the bowel.
Symptoms of IBS may be confused with more serious disorders such as inflammation of the bowel (colitis) or cancer. However, in IBS no structural abnormality exists, although there are well-defined abnormalities in the movement of the colon. There often are no symptoms of fever, rectal bleeding or weight loss, which are common in inflammatory diseases of the bowel. When all diagnostic test results are normal but symptoms persist, the condition is defined as irritable bowel syndrome. IBS tends to begin in young adulthood. A young person with only IBS symptoms and no other symptoms of structural disease may not require diagnostic studies. Older adults who begin to suffer from IBS symptoms may recall similiar episodes in the past. However, onset of IBS symptoms as an adult should be medically evaluated to rule out potentially serious bowel disease.
Because IBS can be a lifelong condition, the best approach to managing IBS is diet. A high fiber diet affects the entire length of the colon. Fiber increases the bulk of stool and helps reabsorb excess fluid. Extra bulk moves the stool through the colon faster, which relieves constipation without producing diarrhea. Fiber is found in grains, cereals, fruits and vegetables. A gradual introduction of vegetables and grains into the diet and choosing a variety of high fiber foods may reduce symptoms of bloating which may occur with a high fiber diet. Since fiber absorbs considerable amounts of water, drink 8 glasses of water per day. Spicy foods may aggravate symptoms of IBS. For many people, the dietary change may completely eliminate symptoms.
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Learning to work with stress is a task for everyone, but it is very important for people with intestinal problems. Stress management can also play a vital role in reducing the frequency and intensity of symptoms. Stress has been linked to causing acute attacks of IBS, and reducing stress can help relieve the attack. Because the attacks may not occur until several hours after the stress has passed, it is important to incorporate stress reduction as part of a healthy lifestyle.