Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is mainly caused by sensitive intestines which react to a certain type of food and/or stress. It is also suspected that a diminished immune system may contribute to this disease. Most of the symptoms are cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea, although these can vary by person.
Physical examinations, stool sample testing, blood tests, x rays and colonoscopy can determine whether you are dealing with IBS or another disease. In case IBS is diagnosed there are some preventative measures you can take yourself by avoiding large meals, foods which would cause bloating from gas in the colon, medications (unless you really have to take them) and wheat, rye, barley, chocolate, milk products, or alcohol and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, or colas.
Try and avoid stress, conflict, or emotionally upsetting situations, since they only aggravate the disease. To rid yourself of stress, meditation, counseling and support, exercise such as walking or yoga on a regular basis, making changes to the stressful situations in your life and last but not least adequate sleep are all good options in the fight against IBS.
Most commonly the side effects of IBS are treated with medications, depending on what symptoms you have. The disease itself can be treated with medications and might, if nothing else has been proven to be effective. The medicine however, although re-approved by the FDA, comes with severe restrictions and cautions.
Although IBS does not cause any harm to the intestines and does not lead to the development of any other disease, it can be very inconvenient and at times even debilitating. Watching your diet and excercising regularly is our responsibility. As far as the stress goes; sometimes it is best to let go and let God! :-)
2 Samuel 22:3
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.