After an unusually spicy or “exotic” meal, many people may experience some type of abdominal discomfort, bloating, cramping, or worse. After all, if you’re not accustomed to eating in such a manner, your digestive system’s apt to react accordingly. But what if you felt like that after almost every meal, no matter what or where you ate?
That’s what Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers deal with nearly every day. Unfortunately, researchers and physicians have a better grasp of what IBS is more than why it’s happening in the first place.
The most telling IBS symptom is that same abdominal pain or bloating combined with a shift in bowel routine, be it diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both. However, even that can change over time. Eating seems to aggravate the symptoms and the pain usually only subsides after a bowel movement. You may also experience a sudden sense of urgency to use the bathroom.
Why IBS Hurts
The pain itself appears to be rooted in the increased sensitivity of the intestinal lining, and how that affects the muscle contractions used to move digested food through your system. Some theories suggest an actual disconnect between the brain and the gut that triggers the misfiring. The normally smooth, subtle, and rhythmic movement becomes more pronounced, or stops almost completely, both of which result in the hallmark abdominal pain and physical symptoms experienced by IBS sufferers.
As the actual diagnosis of IBS is difficult, it’s best to rule out other possible factors and conditions that may be causing the abdominal pain. For a full evaluation, please visit your nearest AppleCare clinic location.