What's wrong with my stomach?
Why am a not provided treatment that works?
When and how will I get my life back, free from abdominal ailments?
If you have considered these questions, you are not alone. 10 - 15% of all people in the west suffer from IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. Although the disease is so common, there is currently no standardized treatment.
Many IBS patients also feel that they have not received effective help or treatment from their doctor. It is not uncommon for the patient to have been battling severe gut issues for many years and already had all the common lab tests done without getting better.
But something must be wrong, otherwise I would not feel this bad!
Yes, something is causing the problems with your stomach. But we do not know exactly what the cause for IBS is. In most cases, there are several different causes that contribute. When you can't identify the underlying mechanisms, it becomes difficult to provide an effective treatment plan
One might be recommended to eat more fibers, trying a bulking agent, making tests for intolerance against gluten and lactose, some simple dietary advice or maybe some drugs or supplements. At worst, you will be told that everything is in your head and that you are only stressing too much. Stress can certainly be an important factor, but rarely the whole truth.
But often the problems with flatulence, bloating, constipation, diarrhea och abdominal pain continues.
That's how the everyday life looks like too many with chronic stomach upsets.
IBS is connected to a lot of different symptoms.
There are more symptoms that are common with IBS, but without a direct connection to the stomach or intestine:
Common side effect
IBS can thus have a major impact on the person's quality of life. It also leads to more days of sickness and lowered productivity, having a negative impact on the economy.
There is no single cause of IBS. IBS can be seen as a collective name for certain symptoms associated with your gut. Usually, there are also more than one cause to IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Common contributing reasons may be:
Some of these are usually not considered as causes of IBS, but diseases in themselves, with their own diagnosis. However, since the diagnosis of IBS is often given when you have not examined all of these, they can all be a part of the underlying causes of an IBS diagnosis.
It is common for IBS to erupt after a food poisoning or during an extra stressful or intense period of life.
The diagnosis is made according to certain symptom criteria and after other causes have been ruled out.
Recurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen for at least 3 days a month in the last 3 months. The symptoms started at least 6 months ago and 2 of the following points applies to you:
There is therefore no single test that can "find" an IBS disease. Tests to rule out intolerance to gluten or lactose is common. Sometimes colonoscopy is done where you examine the colon or an esophagogastroduodenoscopy where you examine the stomach. In both cases you insert a flexible hose with a camera.