Ring of Fire: Signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or IBS, for short) is a widespread gastrointestinal disease that affects approximately 10% of the worldwide population. Like most physical ailments, IBS can range in severity. A 2016 statistical report noted that 40% of people suffer from mild IBS symptoms, where 25% can experience severe IBS.

However, there are those who may have ISB but have not yet been diagnosed. In addition to some embarrassment over the topic, some of the symptoms may have some cross-making it difficult to detect. If you are pondering your digestive health, let’s explore the signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well as some remedies.

Causes of IBS

IBS can be broken down into two diseases that affect the colon; Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. These diseases are different in nature, except that they both involve inflammation of the digestive tract.

There are various factors that can cause such inflammation, such as diet, environmental factors, harmful gut bacteria, parasites, or other viruses. Those who have a weaker immune system may also be more susceptible to IBS as well as if it something that runs in your family history.

In theory, inflammatory bowel disease can happen to anyone of any gender or ethnicity. However, the disease tends to present itself more often in those who are in their 40’s and 50’s as well as younger children.  

Symptoms of IBS

Some of the more common symptoms of IBS are also prevalent in other illnesses. For that reason, it can be hard to the early stages of IBS, especially if you are only experiencing a mild form of the disease at this time. However, if you are experiencing most or all of these symptoms, it could be a sign that you are suffering from IBS.

Diarrhea. If you are regularly passing liquid stools, this may indicate that certain parts of your bowel are not absorbing enough water.

Bleeding ulcers. Bleeding ulcers are uncomfortable and can become quite serious. Such signs can include blood in your stool or your vomit, nausea, constant burping, and a burning pain in your stomach.

Weight loss. If you are experiencing weight loss without trying, you may not be digesting your food properly. 

Stomach cramping and pain.  On the rare occasion, stomach cramping could be due to food poisoning or an allergic reaction. However, consistent stomach pains could point towards IBS.

Treatments

Luckily, there are a variety of remedies available for people who suffer from IBS. These can include anti-inflammatory drugs. If your condition is less severe, you can also opt for medication that targets diarrhea and constipation. However, if the disease is more severe, you may require surgery.  

In addition, it is also recommended to take supplements to restore the minerals that may be lost due to malnutrition. If you are concerned, always consult your health care professional first for a complete diagnosis.

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