Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome? 5 Signs it may be Something More Than IBS!

“Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome? 5 Signs It May Be Something More Than IBS!”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a super frustrating, drive-you-bonkers condition because there is no single root cause, nor is there a single fix.

It is more of a diagnosis of elimination. “Syndrome” is usually a fancy term for “we don’t really know what else this could be” – which is pretty much the only explanation for what IBS is.

Symptoms of IBS

IBS symptoms can manifest in many different ways from bloating, to cramps, to diarrhea, to constipation, or a fancy mix of a few of these.  It can range from annoying and inconvenient to stressful and debilitating.

Basically, IBS sucks.

The good news? IBS is a non life-threatening condition and does not make the sufferer susceptible to developing other colon related conditions such as Colitis or Crohn’s.

In the world of gastrointestinal acronyms, it is very important to know that IBS and IBD (conditions such as aforementioned Crohn’s and Colitis) are not the same thing. While they may share some similar symptoms, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are diseases of inflammation, which if left untreated can cause damage to the intestines.

5 symptoms NOT associated with IBS:

  1. Blood in Stool
  2. Sudden or Unexplained Weight Loss
  3. Fever
  4. Anemia
  5. Unexplained belly pain  not linked with bowel function and  not relieved when you pass gas or have a bowel movement.

These symptoms are indications of a more serious condition, such as IBD.

What Can I Do?

If you have been diagnosed with “IBS,” it’s imperative to get your stress levels under control and undergo a diet overhaul. Cleaning up the diet and avoiding common inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugars (and anything refined), coffee and alcohol are super important first steps to managing symptoms. I believe that with food we can clean up the intestinal lining and improve your gut health so that you may be able to avoid medications and get rid of the underlying problem rather than provide a band-aid.

As for what you should be eating? Contact me to chat in further detail about your personal journey with “IBS”.

In health,

Nutritionist Gut Guru, Michelle x

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