Learn about the various types of irritable bowel syndrome.
People with irritable bowel syndrome or IBS suffer from recurrent gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and food intolerance. The severity of IBS and symptoms may vary from person to person. However, the symptoms of IBS tend to recur and go on for months.
There are three different types of irritable bowel syndrome, and all of them can cause a great deal of misery for the IBS sufferer.
IBS With Diarrhea (IBS-D)
Irritable bowel syndrome that causes frequent diarrhea is called IBS-D. With IBS-D, you might have loose stools frequently — but not always. People with IBS-D also have sudden, intense urges to go to the bathroom.
The most common symptoms of IBS-D include:
- Frequent or loose stools
- Sudden urges to have bowel movements
- Abdominal discomfort or pain
- Feeling like the bowels can’t be emptied completely
IBS with constipation (IBS-C)
One of the defining features of this type of IBS is constipation. IBS-C is more than just chronic constipation. It involves other symptoms, including diarrhea. This type of IBS is especially harmful to the intestines. Having constant constipation can weaken the walls of the intestines causing spasms. Other symptoms of IBS-C include: :
- Lumpy stools
- Hard stools
- Cramps or pain in the stomach area
- Straining to have a bowel movement
- Having a bowel movement less than three times a week
IBS With Alternating Constipation And Diarrhea (IBS-A)
Most people get diarrhea or constipation from time to time. However, if you get both of them often, you might have a type of IBS known as IBS A for alternating or irritable bowel syndrome with alternating diarrhea and constipation. Several research studies have found that people with IBS-A tend to get more stomach cramping and pain than with those who have other types of IBS.
Symptoms of IBS-A include:
- Alternating diarrhea and constipation
- Stomach pain and cramping
What causes IBS?
Researchers do not know what causes irritable bowel syndrome. Women are more likely to have IBS than men. It is also more common in people under the age of 50. People who have a family member with IBS are more likely to get the disorder.
How is IBS Diagnosed?
There isn’t a specific test that can say whether you have IBS or not. Your doctor will likely look at your health history and symptoms to determine whether or not you have IBS. Your physician may conduct other tests to rule out other similar conditions. If the tests do not point towards another disorder, your doctor may diagnose IBS.
What are the treatments for IBS?
You might need to try several different things to get relief from IBS. Changing your diet can help.
One of the prime underlying causes of IBS is often an imbalance in the gut. The Restore 3 program can help you treat IBS and restore your digestive system to a healthy state. It disrupts and remove harmful bacteria in the gut and replenishes your digestive system with healthy microbiome.