Complications That Follow IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a disorder you may experience with symptoms such as bloating, gassiness, abdominal pain and cramping. According to research, 1 in 5 American has this disorder (also referred to as spastic colon) and 75 percent in the ratio are women.

The severity of the condition depends from individual to individual. Some women experience symptoms that occur or disappear and are less intense. Others experience extreme intensity and IBS affects their ability to live a normal life as well as ability to work.

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Conditions following IBS

IBS, though treated as a separate condition, may result in other disorders. The following are the most common complications that may arise:

  • Unintentional weight loss

IBS symptoms can result in weight loss. The extreme pain in cramps is enough to make women think twice about the intake of food. Bloating and gas can make you nauseous or too full to eat anything. Also, if you do manage to eat, diarrhea and the strength of your cramps can make it difficult to digest essential nutrients.

If you’ve lost more than a few pounds without attempting and you have IBS, you may have a serious condition such as Crohn’s disease; permanent modifications in the intestinal tissue will make it less functional. The best solution is to seek help from a medical professional. You can also follow the IBS diet plan which involves eating small meals throughout the day and increasing the intake of fruits and green vegetables.

  • Hemorrhoids

During IBS, small amount of red blood may accumulate in the anal passage. Hemorrhoids can be the result of IBS because of the straining involved with irritation and constipation caused by diarrhea. Bloating and pressure in the abdominal area because of IBS can also aggravate or cause hemorrhoids. Both internal and external hemorrhoids can develop. If lumps appear near the anus, the formation of blood within can cause extreme pain. Internal hemorrhoids may protrude or bleed during IBS movement.

Luckily, there are natural hemorrhoids products that can save you from visits to medical specialists. For even the occasional bleeding, alternative treatment solutions with natural formulas can provide fast relief and reduce pain, swelling and other symptoms. Look for a topical solution that can be applied on internal and external hemorrhoids topically. An effective solution will shrink their appearance and provide fast relief.

  • Constipation

Constipation implies different things to different individuals, and is usually defined as hard pellet-like stool. However, women may think of constipation as straining or difficulty at stools, the feeling of going but not being able to, and sensation of being unable to empty during bowel movements. The dry and hard stools of constipation result from the colon absorbing extra water or if the muscle contractions are sluggish and slow.

Constipation is a common post-IBS complication in the United States, resulting in millions of doctor visits per year. However, most individuals can treat themselves without requiring medical attention. Eating foods that promote formation of good bacteria such as probiotic yogurt can help with the condition. At the same time, you can remove foods that trigger constipation such as gluten and dairy products.

These changes will not help only with IBS complications, but IBS itself.