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Irritable Bowel Syndrome explained to people who don't have it IBS is often misdiagnosed and many people who don't actually have it believe that they do. On the other hand, many of you who suffer from it might not know it at all. The reason for this is because the symptoms can vary and often be contradictory. And another reason can be that if the symptoms are mild enough, they can be contributed to bad food and stress or don't get noticed at all. This article will clarify many myths and mistakes connected with IBS and it will clear at least some of the misconceptions about it. Let's air out the facts first. When it comes to explaining things, especially to people new to the subject, the simpler language we use, the better. IBS is a disorder that affects the digestive tract. It is not an inflammation, nor is it an infection. Both of those have a precise cure and are in most of the cases curable with targeted therapy. IBS is not like that. It may present the similar symptoms (abdominal pain, irregularities in bowel movements, swollen abdomen) but the underlying causes are different. So what causes IBS? Well, that's the thing. We are not really sure what causes IBS. So far, it could only be determined what factors are playing a role. Genetic component, improper diet and stress can contribute, but none of those have been confirmed to directly cause the onset of the IBS. And it is a chronic condition that affects close to 10% of the population. About 2/3 of the patients suffering from IBS are women, and the disorder starts presenting with symptoms at ages 20-30. What exactly is IBS and how it affects you? In order to explain this, we need to use some of those fancy medical words. When the food passes through your digestive system, the muscles in your intestines are contracting and expanding to help move it along. IBS affects the way those muscles perform, causing them either contract harder and longer or slower and shorter than usual. You can see how that can change the symptoms and contradict them. Your intestines are also wired with nerve endings. So when you get an onset of IBS symptoms, these nerves get affected as well. It may happen that your brain misinterprets those signals, since they are abnormal, and further enhance your discomfort. So when this happens, your brains sends a message to your bowels that something is off, and then another overreaction can occur. This can turn into a loop worsening the symptoms. This is the reason why there are major differences in the severity of the symptoms among the patients. It may also be the case that you feel symptoms of varying severity depending on what triggered them in the first place. Triggers that are associated with the IBS This is a somewhat unknown area as well. Again, none of these are directly linked to triggering the onset of IBS, but studies suggest that they definitely play a role in it. Food When you eat food that your body doesn't appreciate for any reason, it can trigger the IBS. The symptoms that are triggered by food can vary depending on what exactly the intolerance to food is. So, if you are allergic, or simply eat spicy food that your bowels don't agree with, the IBS will cause different symptoms to appear. Stress Stress can cause almost anything to go wrong in your body. Your brain controls everything and if you stress it out, it can leave some parts of your body to deal with issues on their own. Well, IBS loves to sneak up on you when you are stressed and cause even more trouble. Hormones Since the 2/3 of the patients suffering from IBS are women, hormones and menstrual cycles play a role in triggering it as well. Actually, anything abnormal happening to your body can trigger the onset of IBS. Many women mistaken IBS symptoms with menstrual cramps and never visit a doctor. If the symptoms are mild enough, there is actually no reason to suspect IBS in the first place. Other triggers Almost any discomfort you feel can trigger an onset of IBS. Not enough exercise or constant fast eating can cause IBS to flare up. And on the other hand, you can eat fast for years without consequences and then one day simply become intolerable to fast eating. Now, this is actually for people who have a confirmed IBS diagnosis. These are some of the facts and tips that if conduct yourself accordingly, can reduce the severity and frequency of the symptoms. And, even if you don't suffer from the IBS, these will go a long way to staying IBS free. · IBS is something you live with. It is a chronic condition that you maintain and learn to adapt your lifestyle to make it as manageable as possible. Some discomfort is expected, but most of the time, it is not a huge problem to have. · What you eat is what you are. It sounds cliché and corny, I know. But it also happens to be the truth. Figure out what your gut is not coping well with and simply avoid it. Avoid the trigger, and you avoid the symptoms. · Plan for dealing with the symptoms. When IBS is flaring up, be ready to deal with the symptoms without any inconvenience. Onset usually lasts up to 3 or 4 days, so make sure you are ready for it. · Don't get surprised when the symptoms change. Since it is the nature of the IBS to not be consistent, don't expect the symptoms to be the same every time. So be ready for diarrhea and constipation at the same time. · You cannot control the timing. This is true, you cannot pick when the IBS will flare up. But you can make sure to be vigilant in preventing it by eating healthy, watch your stress level and exercise. Hopefully, this will serve you as a simple and general guide on how to deal with the IBS. And if you know someone who has it, keep in mind all of these and make an effort to ease their discomfort.