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IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Severe Irritable Bowel Attacks
Gain Control When Nothing Else Seems to Work
Composed by Theresa M. Kelly
IBS is a functional bowel disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort accompanied by alterations in bowel function, diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both, typically over months or years. A diagnosis of IBS has been reported by 10 to 20% of adults in the United States, and symptoms of IBS are responsible for over 3 million yearly visits to physicians. Research suggests that IBS is one of the most common functional GI disorders. IBS exhibits predominance in women, with females representing over 70% of IBS sufferers.
The diagnostic criteria of Irritable Bowel Syndrome always presumes the absence of a structural or biochemical explanation for the symptoms and is made only by your health care professional after gathering a careful medical history and giving a thorough physical exam. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be diagnosed based on at least 12 weeks, which need not be consecutive, in the preceding 12 months of abdominal discomfort or pain that has two out of three features:
Relieved with defecation; and/or
that Cumulatively Support the Diagnosis of IBS:
The majority of people with moderate IBS attacks have 1 to 3 hour attacks and the pain is very discomforting. Discomfort can lead to vomiting, headaches and a good amount of moaning. These attacks slowly progress and slowly leave they rarely spike in pressure and pain.
Severe IBS Attacks:
Those with severe IBS attacks vary in intense symptoms. Those who experience this great deal of pain start out moaning and soon after spike in pain and can barely breathe. Other spikes can build on top of each other causing the victim of the attack to inflict bruises on their fists due to pounding on walls and nearby fixtures as a reaction to the pain. In continual spikes others have been known to cause slight lacerations on their stomach region, legs and arms due to digging into themselves with their nails. Absolute spikes can lead to temporary blindness described as “everything went completely white for thirty seconds.” All of the above are “ok” reactions to these levels of pain, but if you are having these symptoms you need to asses the condition and work on lessening the effects and preventing them from even forming. Severe attacks can run in conjunction with chronic pain as such in spinal muscular pain conditions. Treatment of these conditions can lessen the chance of attacks.
“I was screaming so loud, I couldn’t help it, I thought the neighbors would call the police on me.”
” The pain was worse then having my first child and I was induced.”
Prevention of Irritable Bowel Attacks (Before it's Too Late):
What You Eat – Gaseous and Acidic
Tip: Stay away from greasy and spicy foods.
Watch What You Drink –
Dairy related beverages such as milk and milkshakes even lactose free.
When in the situation of medium temperatures such as 75 degrees any activity can raise body temperature and induce and attack. Temperatures over 75 degrees can spark an attack in less then 4 hours and the hotter the you are the more pain you will have to cope with. Be aware of how hot or warm you become especially your abdomen region. Wear light clothing and don’t over do it on hot days. Drink plenty of cold water. Heat induces gaseous expansion and results in a great level of pain.
Once it’s “To Late”: (Decrease the Pressure, Decrease the Pain):
Regardless of the triggers almost all attacks can be treated in the same manner. Proper application of proper techniques can reduce the intensity of attacks by 60% and the duration of the attack up to 85%. The following comfort techniques can all be used in the “too late” period and are simple and require little to absolutely no effort at all.
Quick Tip: Gas builds in the entire digestive track including the stomach. So if the gas won’t come out one way, try the other. There’s nothing wrong with a few dozen burps at a desperate time. You will find this very effective in the reduction of the gas expansion.
Expansion and Contraction Simple Comfort – After certain foods, libations or environmental triggers have been implemented the gaseous pressure will begin to intensify. The increased pressure will cause stress on your abdominal regions raising you body temperature especially locally to your abdomen. This raised heat index will in turn cause more gas and thus more expansion and more pain. (Imagine a pot of water on the stove. As you heat the water much of it is vaporized or turned into gas. Heating liquids, fluids and acids in your digestive track end in the same result expanding your digestive organs far beyond their intended size causing a great level of pain.) Many turn to antacids like Tums and OTC’s like Beano to reduce the gas once its “too late” and for the many this will have little to no effect. The far most practical method is to cool the abdomen thus contracting and decreasing the amount of gas in the digestive track. (A child has a balloon in a heated building in the middle of winter. The balloon retains its shape and amount of air within the building, 100%, until the child steps outside into the cold. Once the child exposes the balloon to the colder air the balloons air is decreased suddenly and the balloon appears to have 50% or less of its original amount air. ) As the temperature cools the amount of gas will decrease thus decreasing the level of pain and the duration of the attack. The duration of the attack is influenced by the constant raise in temperature brought on by the initial stress and gaseous expansion. Here are a couple of ways to reduce the gas expansion:
After-the-Fact Sleeping Tips:
finished many lay down to rest or sleep after an attack, but they tend
to build up allot of gas in doing so and in no time their back in the
bathroom. My advice is to try the following:
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