Signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be confusing and oftentimes conflicting, seemingly contracting each other (like constipation and diarrhea).
What’s more, IBS symptoms can sometimes disappear for months and months – only to suddenly and unexpectedly show up again for no apparent reason at all.
Abdominal pain is basically the word that medical experts use for stomach ache. Any pain that you feel between your chest and your groin classifies as abdominal pain, as that’s the region that medical professionals refer to as abdomen.
Abdominal pain is quiet common and can mean different things – most abdominal pain is caused by eating the wrong foods, emotional stress or other common causes.
Any of these organs can be causing the pain: the stomach, the intestine, the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen or appendix. In some cases, the pain might also be caused by the large blood vessel that’s called aorta.
If your stomach feels full and tight, and you fart a lot, then that’s what medical doctors refer to as bloating or – a word which I still think is quiet funny – meteorism. Oftentimes, your abdomen can be swollen.
If irritable bowel syndrome is the cause of your bloating, then avoiding red meat, oily, fatty and fried products, milk, cheese and other dairy products, coffee, alcohol, lemonades or other carbonated beverages and chocolate.
Medical experts generally say that you suffer from constipation when you have three or fewer bowel movements a week (so that means: if you shit three times or more per week, you medically don’t really suffer from conspitation).
Oftentimes it’s painful and difficult “to squeeze it out”.
General advice that is given for people with constipation is to drink a lot of water, exercising (which helps to stimulate healthy bowel movement), and eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains.
Infrequent Bowel Movements
Infrequent bowel movements can mean that you either have constipation or diarrhea at times. But rather than it being constantly the same, it might change – so for a certain period of time, you might be suffering from constipation, and after that you might be suffering from diarrhea for a certain period of time, and so on.
If you have three or more loose bowel movements per day (so if you shit more often than three times a day, and it’s kind of watery), then you have diarrhea.
The biggest problem with diarrhea is that you can lose a lot of liquid, which can dehydrate your body. In the developing world, diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death!