Your stomach is a very sensitive place that you are trying to deal with on a regular basis. For some people, it can be especially hard to allow things to “sit well,” no matter what it is that you’re trying to eat.
In some cases, you may be fending off a disorder that is usually referred to as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. What is IBS, and what are the most common symptoms that you see during a flare up? Let’s take a look.
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome, usually just referred to as IBS, is a disorder that is actually made up of a number of things.
In short, if your doctor cannot figure out other issues that you may have as a part of your symptoms, or the symptoms just don’t seem to match with any sort of diagnosis, then they may tell you that you have IBS.
The issue is, there are a lot of different stomach issues that you may have, or you may not have some symptoms that are the “earmark” of various diseases, and in those cases, you may not be able to figure out exactly what it is that you have.
IBS gives you a nice umbrella to be under and it makes it better for your doctor to try and move forward with whatever treatment that you’re going to need.
Obviously, IBS can be paired with other issues as well. It’s common to have IBS with GERD, acid reflux, Crohn’s, and a number of other diseases that affect your digestive system.
Your doctor will make that determination for you and help you to figure out the best way to move forward so you can eat and enjoy life in a comfortable way.
What Are The Most Common IBS Flare UP Symptoms?
In some cases, you may end up having an IBS flare up. What is a flare up? In short, it’s a moment when your body just starts to get annoyed or “flared up” because of something that you ate or did.
The IBS is then triggered and it becomes difficult for you to go ahead and try to fend off whatever it is that you’re feeling. What are the most common things that can happen during one of these flare ups?
Pain or spasms in the abdominal area, specifically around the stomach or the intestines. The lower it is in your abdomen, the more you want to pay attention to it and possibly get an evaluation so that you can see what is going on.
If your bowels are not acting as they normally would (you aren’t having bowel movements in a normal pattern), it could be a sign of IBS.
Keep an eye on when you’re having bowel movements and how often in order to get a better idea as to whether or not this may be a problem that you’re dealing with.
Constipation and/or diarrhea as a result of eating or drinking something that would be referred to as a trigger for the issue.
Passing gas (flatulence or belching), especially if it happens excessively and you are uncomfortable and/or in pain before you actually pass the gas from your system.
Incontinence, which means that you are passing urine (and in extreme cases, fecal matter) if you are unable to get to the toilet after an urgent feeling of going to the bathroom.
If you feel like you have to urgently go to the bathroom, even when seconds before you didn’t feel like you had to do anything.
If this happens regularly (and you end up with incontinence, as listed above), then you will want to take care of it with some help from your doctor.
Any sort of pain in or around the rectum area. While this could be a sign of other bowel issues, or, if you are a man, it could signify that you have an issue with the prostate. If this is a symptom that you’re dealing with, then you want to make sure that you talk to your doctor as soon as possible in order to prevent further issues as possible.
Your stools change in substance or structure (and do so without having a cause that is obvious, like illness).
Feeling like you have to have a bowel movement, but you actually aren’t able to pass anymore at that point in time.
Odd rumbling noises within your stomach during the day, even if you are not hungry and/or you aren’t digesting food at that point in time (you haven’t eaten within a couple hours of the loud noises). Sometimes, your stomach will feel uncomfortable when it makes those noises as well.
These aren’t the only symptoms, of course, and in some cases, you may have one or two and never see the others that people are dealing with. As with any disease, some people are going to react one way, and others are going to react another way.
Learn to listen to your body and make sure that you understand how it should be reacting so that you don’t have to try and fend off these issues when they come. Have a plan and know how you’re going to take care of things when this happens.
As with any other disorder, you don’t want to try and diagnose yourself. If you see some, or many, of these symptoms while you’re taking care of yourself, then you may want to make an appointment to talk to your doctor in order to make sure that you’re going to be able to get what you need in terms of treatment.
Talk to your doctor about your options and look around to see what could be the best thing(s) for you to do and take care of. That way, you can get care and get back to enjoying all of the foods that you’ve always been eating.