How IBS Affects The Digestive System

Of all the ailments that we can get, I think that irritable bowel syndrome is one of the strangest. IBS isn’t a disease; it’s a disorder. And as for what causes irritable bowel syndrome, even the medical world don’t know for sure.

As I said; it’s strange.

Doctors don’t have a direct test for IBS either. When a doctor diagnoses it, it’s by excluding everything else that it can’t be. The doctor then concludes that your symptoms are caused by IBS, as everything else has been ruled out.

How IBS Affects The Digestive System

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The chief symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome affect the large intestine. That said, IBS doesn’t only target your large intestine and leave it there. IBS can also affect your stomach, which causes symptoms such as indigestion, nausea, bloating, and heartburn.

If that wasn’t enough discomfort and you are begging for more, then IBS can also affect the small intestine causing spasms, excess gas and the familiar bloating. Diarrhea or constipation frequently follow-on from these painful episodes.

As you can imagine, all of the above symptoms can create enormous discomfort for the sufferer.

What Does IBS Do To Your Digestive System To Cause All These Symptoms?

A straightforward answer to that question may be that IBS causes irregular movements throughout your digestive system. These erratic movements can cause the contents of your digestive system to move in an unordered fashion. The irregular movements can cause sensitivity, which can then lead to discomfort, followed by all the other associated symptoms.

If Irritable Bowel Syndrome Isn’t a Disease, Then How Can It Be Cured?

This is where IBS has another trick up its sleeve; it can’t be cured.

However, the symptoms can be made a lot more tolerable. Plus, there are factors in your life that can be adjusted to reduce the grip that IBS has on you considerably. Finally some good news!

While doctors have no magic pill, they do have quite an adequate arsenal of tactics to fight back with regarding IBS.

Here is what I am referring to:

  • Certain foods and drinks can often be identified as being IBS triggers. By identifying these triggers, many of the IBS symptoms can be significantly reduced.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been identified as a disorder suffered by people with anxiety issues. A plan can be drawn up to tackle your anxiety levels.
  • If you don’t like exercising much, then start to love it! Exercise can significantly ease the symptoms.
  • Doctors are also likely to study how much fiber you have in your diet and even what kind of fiber. Adjustments to your fiber intake can also help give you some much-needed relief.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a sneaky character at times though; you can have a few weeks of relief and then BANG! It’s back. It’s a real troublemaker!


Living with IBS usually means just that: “living with it.” This is the case because as I stated earlier, there is no actual cure. But fortunately, the analysis-and-actions listed in the bullet-list above can work miracles on your symptoms. If your IBS isn’t cured then at least, the frequency can be reduced enormously. You are still likely to have the occasional flare-up all your life, but have comfort that you can go months between each episode. That sure beats suffering on a daily basis.

How Do You Cope With Your IBS?