irritable bowel syndrome


Definition of irritable bowel syndrome

: a chronic functional disorder of the colon that is characterized especially by constipation or diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, and the passage of mucus in the stool abbreviation IBS

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Services vary, but most companies tout their ability to easily treat colds and flus, allergies, skin infections, asthma, upper respiratory infections, stomach viruses, fevers, sinus infections, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and joint pain. Ron Hurtibise,, "Is forced telemedicine the future of healthcare?," 28 June 2019 Perhaps that’s why hypnotherapy has found an unlikely bedfellow in gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, which it has been proven to help ease. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Can Hypnotherapy Actually Help Treat Pain and Anxiety?," 21 June 2019 Additionally for the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome to be made, a colonoscopy is necessary. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "What to Expect During Your First Colonoscopy," 26 May 2019 These methods could revolutionize early detection of gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease, colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal," 1 Jan. 2019 According to the Mayo Clinic, other physical symptoms associated with anxiety include: Fatigue Muscle tension or aches Sweating Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome3. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "7 Signs You're Dealing With Anxiety," 3 Apr. 2019 Those could include irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances or allergies, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and (in rare cases) an inflammatory bowel disease (like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Leaky Gut Syndrome Isn’t an Official Diagnosis, but the Symptoms Are Real," 19 Mar. 2019 This could also be a sign of a more chronic condition like IBS-D (irritable bowel syndrome where diarrhea is the main symptom) or, again, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, Dr. Staller says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s When to See a Doctor About Diarrhea and When to Wait for It to Pass," 17 July 2018 At the same time, there is still controversy over whether SUDD should even be a separate classification, because its symptoms so closely resemble those of irritable bowel syndrome. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018

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Medical Definition of irritable bowel syndrome

: a chronic functional disorder of the colon that is of unknown etiology but is often associated with abnormal intestinal motility and increased sensitivity to visceral pain and that is characterized by diarrhea or constipation or diarrhea alternating with constipation, abdominal pain or discomfort, abdominal bloating, and passage of mucus in the stool abbreviation IBS

called also irritable colon, irritable colon syndrome, mucous colitis, spastic colon

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