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What specifically is IBS how does it manifest itself what

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what specifically is IBS
how does it manifest itself
what are the causes
what is the cure ?
Hello from JustAnswer. IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a condition that involves alter muscular activity of the gut. The normal gut has slow steady contractions that push contents downstream. In someone with IBS, the muscular activity can be increased or decreased. This can cause either diarrhea or constipation, or both. Most people with IBS will have diarrhea or constipation as the primary symptom, so can be referred to as IBS-D or IBS-C. There are many other symptoms that can be associated with IBS, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, or mucus in the stool. The underlying cause is uncertain, although there is some evidence that it may be due to neurologic sensitivty in some people. There are also some cases of IBS that occur following an infection of the gut, although that appears to be a minority of cases. There is no cure, although there are a variety of interventions that can be done to help treat the condition. Increasing fiber intake can help. Some people notice that specific foods can exacerbate symptoms, and those foods should be avoided. Medicines to directly ease symptoms, such as the Imodium that you are taking, are frequently used. Since there are many different symptoms, there are also many different medicines. If there is concern that there is any residual infection, a course of antibiotics may be tried. If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
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