Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that causes a symptoms, which may include gas, stomach cramping and changes in your bowel movements. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome develop diarrhea while others suffer from constipation. Symptoms of irritable bowel symptoms are often chronic but often come and go.
The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome is not known, but researchers think it is a combination of factors. For example, people with irritable bowel syndrome may have increased sensitivity in the nerves of the GI tract. Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines may also play a part in irritable bowel syndrome. Genetics may also be a factor.
A diagnosis is usually not based on one particular medical test. Instead, doctors take a medical history and symptom review, along with a physical exam. In some cases, additional medical tests may be ordered to rule out other medical conditions.
A big part of treatment for irritable bowel syndrome is dietary changes. For many people with irritable bowel syndrome, certain foods may cause a flare-up of symptoms. To some extent, foods that can lead to IBS symptoms may depend on whether you suffer from IBS with constipation or diarrhea. It’s also important to understand that trigger foods may vary from person to person. But in general, there are some types of food, which may commonly lead to irritable bowel syndrome.
Wheat often spells trouble for people with a sensitive stomach. Wheat contains gluten, which some people with IBS have a sensitivity to. Rye and barley also contain gluten and may also lead to IBS symptoms. It’s important to understand, irritable bowel syndrome and Celiac disease, which is a sensitivity to gluten, are not the same thing. Still, there is some evidence that IBS and celiac disease may overlap in some people. Wheat, rye and barley are often found in cereals, bread and crackers.