- 1 Symptoms of irritable colon
- 1.1 CHARACTERISTICS OF IRRITABLE COLON OR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
- 1.2 Main symptoms of irritable bowel
- 1.3 Table of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- 1.4 Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and associated diseases
- 1.5 Types of irritable bowel
- 1.6 Degrees of irritable bowel
- 1.7 Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome
Symptoms of irritable colon
CHARACTERISTICS OF IRRITABLE COLON OR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Main symptoms of irritable bowel
The main symptoms of irritable bowel are:
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- Abdominal pain or discomfort that improves with defecation
- Alterations in the depositional habit: Diarrhea, constipation or alternation between both.
- Urgent need to defecate
- Defecation with soft mucus
- Feeling of incomplete evacuation
- Flatulence or gases
- Abdominal swelling (swollen belly)
It is considered that at least two of the following symptoms must be present for 12 weeks (consecutive or not) and in the last 12 months.
Table of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Symptoms of irritable bowel. You must have 2 or more symptoms for 12 weeks in the last year. The diagnosis must be made by a doctor based on his assessment.
Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and associated diseases
Observing people diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, it has been determined that the following conditions may occur:
- Tension headache
- Thyroid disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder)
- Celiac disease or sensitivity to nonceliac wheat (SGNC) may occur
- Lactose intolerance may occur.
Types of irritable bowel
Three different subtypes of irritable colon are established according to the alterations in the depositional habit:
- Irritable bowel with constipation predominance
- Irritable bowel with diarrhea predominance
- Alternation between episodes of constipation and diarrhea
The doctor usually asks about the depositional rhythm in addition to other details such as the texture of the stool, shape, color and symptoms that accompany the episodes of diarrhea and constipation:
Definition of constipation and diarrhea types
|Less than 3 stools per week|
|More than 3 stools per day|
|Hard or ball depositions|
|Soft or liquid stools|
|Excessive effort during defecation|
|Urgency to defecate|
The diagnostic criteria are defined in the Rome criteria document.
Degrees of irritable bowel
There are different degrees of irritable bowel syndrome. The milder may take time to diagnose, while at other times it may be disabling:
- Light irritable colon: symptoms occur occasionally. It is not a reason to stop working or drastically change your life or emotional habits.
- Moderate irritable colon: It can involve changes in vital or emotional habits and stages in which one must stop working.
- Severe irritable bowel: symptoms such as pain or the need to go to the bathroom constantly, which leads to great changes in mood and personality and great difficulties to go to work or lead a “normal” life.
Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) should be diagnosed by a doctor, who makes an overall assessment of its symptoms and possible causes.
Irritable bowel affects a large number of people, with twice as many women as men suffering from it.
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29 July, 2020