What causes irritable bowel syndrome and do you have it the rest of your life?

IBS. … is not a disease, as much as an abnormality of the function of your digestive tract. We do not know what causes it, and do not have a "cure" for it. Things that can help include increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and noting whether any particular foods make your symptoms worse, and obviously avoiding those if so. If it is still a problem in your daily life, then you should see your physician to discuss it.

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What is irritable bowel syndrome and do you have it the rest of your life?

IBS. Ibs is a syndrome characterized by bowel symptoms (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain, etc.) which are related to intake of food or elimination. Other causes of symptoms such as gluten enteropathy, lactose intolerance, intestinal infection, etc must be ruled out. Read more...
IBS. Ibs is often a diagnosis of exclusion; meaning other causes such as inflammatory bowel disease have been excluded. It can manifest as abdominal pain with constipation, diarrhea or a combination of both. There are multiple meds that may be helpful. There is a psychological component often where stress or anxiety can exacerbate the symptoms. Often the severity of the symptoms may wax and wane. Read more...

Irritable bowel syndrome and painful sex. Does one cause the other?

No. They are both due to the same cause, an irritable limbic brain system and the brainstem. This kind of symptom is extremely widespread, mainly because of so much "junk food" especially all the sweet stuff including sweeteners. Sounds different? It is ! Read more...

What is a good cure for irritable bowel syndrome and the discomfort it causes?

No cure. Sometimes the symptoms can be treated with medication for diarrhea for example, but also try to find foods that do not cause the symptoms. This is by trial and error, and most important make sure the diagnosis is not something else like celiac disease or cancer of the colon. Read more...

What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

A syndrome complex. Stress, emotions, conditioning, psychologic traits, bacteria contribute to development of ibs. Brainstem reflexes induced by eating are sometimes exaggerated in ibs. Gut tone & sensation, as well as GI transit, are influenced by hormones & neurotransmitters. In ibs patients alteration in brain-gut pathways can affect perception of bowel distension, cause painful spasm, & modify transit of food. Read more...
Autonomic Disorder. Cause unknown, many speculations. My own observations indicate that excess pelvic parasympathetic nerve stimulation leads to irritable bowel symptoms. See my complete discussion on my chronic pain board at quora.Com. Read more...
Two ways to look at. A functional, but not structural, disorder like ibs: "brain-gut response to stress and cholinergic stimulation in ibs" published in the journal of clinical gastroenterology in 1993 or: "the sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep." henry maudsley. Read more...

I am suffering from hand weakness... I have irritable bowel syndrome and B12 deficiency... Is that the cause of my severe hand weakness. I'm 19 years?

Surprising issues. Most cases of b-12 deficiency occur in older age group. Who made this diagnosis? Need to check b-12 and methyl melonic acid levels. If hand weakness on one or both sides, could be due to nerve compression at wrist or elbow, and may be carpal tunnel.. See a well versed internist and address all of this. May be see a neurologist later. Read more...
See doc. Severe hand weakness without mention of other symptoms of peripheral nerve irritation / dysfunction is concerning. You should probably see your doc to have this evaluated. Could be a problem anywhere along the course of the nerve all the way from the brain down to the wrist. Read more...

Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Usually crampy. Abdominal pains, bloating and diarrhea, constipation or both. That being said, many other diagnoses can present the same way, so you need a thorough history and exam and possible diagnostic testing to correctly make a diagnosis. Read more...