Common Myths about IBS
Those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) often
find there are several myths related to this painful
Pre-conceived ideas are still often associated with IBS. If
you are an IBS sufferer, just separating the realities from
what you have heard may help you find the correct solution to
your own particular problem.
One myth often heard regarding IBS is that it is not very
common. This is something that is often heard but it is not
necessarily true. It is estimated one third of the population
in the western world is dealing with IBS.
Many people think IBS is uncommon due to the fact many
suffers do not visit a doctor or health care provider to find a
solution for their symptoms. If you are dealing with IBS, you
can be reassured you are not alone and there are cures for your
problem. Therefore it is important you visit your doctor to
have your diagnosis confirmed.
Another myth about IBS is that it does not cause
considerable pain, but is considered just annoying.
This myth will differ according to who you discuss IBS with.
For some, the pain from IBS will cause them to stay close to
home and avoid social situations. Others will have moderately
painful symptoms that they treat with over the counter
medications. There are many differences associated
with IBS and these will depend on your digestive tract and how
you treat it.
Many people think IBS is a caused from stress. Whilst stress
and anxiety are associated with IBS, it is not the major cause
for IBS symptoms. However, it adds to the pain that is usually
felt in the lower abdomen. Stress and anxiety are often common
additions to IBS.
One of the most common myths which relates to IBS involves
its diagnosis. There are many people who claim that there is no
treatment for IBS. They also think there are no standard tests
that help in determining whether a patient has IBS. There are
still doctors who think IBS is simply a common complaint for
patients who want something to be wrong.
However, there are certain standards that will
determine if you have IBS and these are performed by your
doctor. These test results will help your doctor or
health professional to prescribe a series of different
solutions to solve your IBS problem.
The definition you have heard behind IBS, as well as the
symptoms caused by IBS may also be inaccurate. Knowing what the
exact symptoms are will help you to determine whether you have
IBS or not.
You can also examine the symptoms and disorders that are not
associated with IBS but other disorders. Defining what these
are will dispel some of the myths you have heard..
IBS has several elements of hear-say often related to
defining what it is which is not true. By performing your own
research and finding out what is available, you will be able to
dismiss the pre-conceived, inaccurate ideas relating to
Bottom line is that only with professional medical
testing will you know for certain if IBS and IBS alone is your