Abdominal Pain and IBS
Your Journey into Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
As its name indicates, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a syndrome. That is, IBS is a combination of signs and symptoms, but not a disease. IBS is classified as a functional disorder. A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works), rather than an identifiable inflammatory, infectious, structural, or biochemical cause.
Research also indicates that IBS is a multi-faceted disorder. For example, the symptoms of IBS result from what seems to be a disturbance or imbalance in the interaction between the intestines, the brain, sensory function, and the autonomic nervous system that alters regulation of bowel motility (motor function).
The articles on this site are provided to help you to better understand Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your options for relief of these symptoms.
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Abdominal Pain and IBS
One of the symptoms that are well known in IBS is related to abdominal pain. Mild to severe cramps may be a part of the problems that you are having. For some, this particular symptom will be more dominant than in others. By knowing why this abdominal pain occurs, as well as what you can do about it, will help with minimizing the affects of IBS on your life.
Abdominal pain and cramping can be associated with IBS or as a symptom outside of the major problems of IBS. If you are trying to determine whether you have IBS or not, this is important to consider. The pain that you are having may be from another syndrome or problem and should be looked at before jumping to conclusions. However, the pain can not be noticed through X-rays or lab results, making it essential for you to speak to your doctor about the problems. Identifying this type of pain is not necessarily identifying IBS as a problem as well. However, most note that the two are directly related.
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The major reason behind abdominal pain in relation to IBS, or other symptoms is from the nerves that move from the brain to the gut. The impulses will be caused from stress or some imbalance from the nerves. When it reaches the abdomens, it will then cause cramping or pain. This gastrointestinal symptom can be severe enough to not allow you to function normally.
There are several psychological reasons that may be related to experiencing this abdominal pain. If one has experienced a trauma either recently or in the past, it can cause the nerves in the brain to react. If the body is unable to express this trauma in another way, it will cause problems in the abdomen area. You may also experience this pain from an injury that has occurred. Eventually, this pain becomes hypersensitive and can cause reactions from the nerves.
The way to solve abdominal pains is to begin to notice how you are reacting to things as well as when the flares occur. You can then begin recording your reactions to things and notice how the cramping happens. From here, you will be able to learn to relax the nerves that are connected from your brain to your gut and allow for smoother transitions during the day without the affects of trauma or injury getting in the way. You can also find certain medications that may help with your cramping and pain.
Abdominal pain and cramping is sometimes related to IBS and sometimes not. However, those with the problem will need to find a cure. Most of the symptoms behind abdominal pain and cramping in relation to IBS or another syndrome occur because of the relation between the nerves in the brain and the gut. By understanding this, you are taking the first step to noticing your own patterns and finding new ones to replace them. Understanding how abdominal pain and cramping works will allow you to keep them minimized and eventually move the pain out of your life.
Scott Parat has experienced many health problems and writes from an experiential perspective. Visit his website at www.At-Healthy.com for many health related articles, solutions and supplies.
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