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November 4, 2012

Do You Live With IBS?

Most everyone has had experience with stomach cramping, which can be very uncomfortable and is usually related to isolated situations.

The discomfort of IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, considered a chronic condition, occurs on a more regular basis, typically affecting about 55 million people in the United States, predominantly women.

Luckily it is not damaging, contagious or inherited. But if you have more than mild symptoms, you know how painful and sometimes disabling it can be.

Symptoms of IBS

Everyone’s experience is unique, but there are common symptoms of this gastrointestinal disorder:

  • Abdominal cramping or pain
    • Usually relieved after a bowel movement
  • Constipation
    • Food moving too slowly through the intestinal tract
  • Diarrhea
    • Food moving too quickly through the intestinal tract
  • Gas
  • Bloated or distended stomach
  • Presence of mucous in the stool
  • Sometimes even vomiting


Although the exact causes of IBS are unknown, and are probably somewhat different for everyone who suffers from it, there are some thoughts on what triggers it.

  • Possible food allergies or sensitivities
    • Many people find they are intolerant to dairy products, carbonation or caffeine
  • Stress – Although stress isn’t a cause, it will probably intensify your symptoms
  • Because IBS affects more women than men, it is thought that hormones may play a part
    • Often their symptoms become worse around the time of their menstrual cycle.
  • Possible low levels of good bacteria in the intestine
  • There is some belief that the symptoms may be caused by bad communication from the brain to the intestines
  • Some believe such medicines as antibiotics play a role

As you can see, many things can play a part in why you might be suffering from IBS.

At the Kirkland Health Institute, we take a comprehensive look at all these factors and perform specific lab and neurological tests to determine what the underlying causes of your symptoms are.

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