Currently there is no cure for the chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and irregular bowel movements, known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but it has been related to stress. A study presented on Monday by Mayo Clinic researchers linking psychological trauma to IBS may have the answer.
There are other digestive conditions that appear similar to IBS, but should not be confused as their causes are very distinct, more severe, and require medical attention. Dr. Yolandra Johnson, gastroenterology Chicago, specializes in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcertative colitis, and helps patients understand and identify their specific digestive problem.
In contrast, the structure of the bowel is not abnormal in IBS and often can be managed through diet and lifestyle changes. Since the intestine and the brain are connected through nerve signals sent back and forth, stress can cause the nerves to be more active. As a result the intestines become more sensitive and contract more. This is often what causes IBS.
If you are suffering from chronic abdominal comfort, it is best you see one of the many recommended gastroenterologists for an expert’s diagnosis. Gastroenterologists Chicago Consultants of the North Shore, for example, is a highly trained group of physicians in the management of digestive system problems.
In the case that your condition is IBS, the Mayo Clinic study suggests dealing with any psychological trauma you may have from your past. The study surveyed 2,623 adults about past emotional or psychological events, such as divorce, the death of a loved one, a car accident, physical or mental abuse, or surviving a natural disaster, finding that those with more trauma in their lives were more likely to have IBS.
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