Irritable bowel syndrome can cause severe impacts on the life of the patients. It can also cause other health problems like hemorrhoids, anxiety disorder or clinical depression.
This is very frightening for children that can’t control their bowels. This will later cause them low self-esteem feelings. Many patients who are embarrassed to go to the doctor are making the dangerous choice of self-medicating.
Chronic Digestive Problems
Furthermore, irritable bowel syndrome leads to chronic digestive problems like colitis and spastic colon. The world renowned Doctor Oz says there are not diagnostic tests for irritable bowel syndrome, so before a doctor makes a diagnosis, he has to eliminate more serious problems like cancer for example.
The irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are pretty much the same as those of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, so it can be easily misdiagnosed. Another busted myth says that patients are just over-reacting their symptoms and irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t actually exist.
What makes the syndrome even more to diagnose is that each person has their own different symptoms. The most common of them are rectal bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pains, excessive flatulence, hemorrhoids and uncontrollable bowel.
Usually, pain disappears when the bowel moves. According to Dr. Oz, there are other less common symptoms such us nausea, fever, sudden weight loss or vomiting. Also, irritable bowel syndrome patients don’t have normal bowel movement but they have either diarrhea or constipation.
In order to say if a patient suffers of irritable bowel syndrome, a doctor has to make sure he had manifested the symptoms for at least 3 months in the past year. Although some patients refuse to go to the doctor until irritable bowel syndrome takes a severe form, there are patients who can’t be diagnosed as they are only in the early stages.
Dr. Oz recommends that everyone having irritable bowel syndrome symptoms make a colonoscopy to cut colon cancer off the list. When preparing for colonoscopy, a patient must clear the bowels using a liquid diet for a period of time, so that the irritable bowel syndrome symptoms will increase.
Treating irritable bowel syndrome involves learning stress management and changing the diet. Dr. Oz encourages irritable bowel syndrome patients to avoid consuming large meals which cause more numerous attacks.
Instead they should have frequent meals during the day. He also notes that certain foods increase the syndrome’s effects. Therefore, patients should keep a journal containing all the foods and liquids they consumed in order to later avoid the ones that are triggering attacks.
Although most irritable bowel syndrome patients consult a doctor, nobody knows how many others of them are self–medicating. There are people who do extreme efforts to get away with their sufferance, so they use alcohol drinks or counter laxatives, which kill the pain and relax the muscles for a short time.
However, on long-term, this proves to be an awful choice, as the symptoms will get worse.
There is nothing embarrassing about irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, you should start taking professional advice and treatment as soon as you notice any symptoms.