IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the colon (large intestine.)If you think you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) general surgeon Dr. Elijah Mobley provides care for residents of Glendora in Los Angeles County.
What normally happens in the human body is the walls of the large intestine which have layers of muscle that contract and relax moving the food from your stomach through the intestinal tract to the rectum.
People who have IBS may experience muscle contractions that are longer and stronger than normal, or they may experience intestinal contractions that are slow and weak.
- Abdominal cramping or pain
- Mucus in the stool
- Often times, a person may have alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
- Common IBS Triggers (Causes)
IBS triggers (causes) are just as important as IBS symptoms. People who suffer from IBS all have one thing in common, a trigger. Not everyone has the same trigger and people can have more than one of the following triggers;
Stress– The majority of people who suffer from IBS discover that their symptoms are more frequent and often worse when they are stressed.
Foods – How food intolerances and allergies play a role in IBS is not fully understood yet. However, the majority of people who have IBS often complain of more sever symptoms after eating specific foods. There are numerous foods that have been implicated as triggers a few of them include the following; spices, spicy foods of all sorts, fats, milk, alcohol, chocolate, fats, fruits, cauliflower, broccoli, and carbonated beverages just to name a few.
Hormones – Women are more likely to experience IBS than men. Scientists believe that the hormonal changes a woman’s body goes through play a large role in this disease. Often times, women notice an increase in IBS symptoms around and during their menstrual cycle.
Other Diseases – Sometimes another disease, such as too much bacteria in the intestines or an acute bout of infectious diarrhea, may trigger IBS.
Dr. Elijah Mobley can perform general surgery to eliminate discomfort and pain caused from hemorrhoids that often become a problem for people with IBS. He provides health care for residents of Glendora in Los Angeles County.