Irritable bowel syndrome: Iron deficiency anemia or unexplained vomiting can be signs of irritable bowel syndrome. Know the less obvious symptoms of this disease

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Unfortunately for many of us, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) manifests as a host of irritating issues that can be mistaken for other conditions. For example, problems with bloating, abdominal pain, and gas caused by this condition can be mistaken for indigestion, and changes in bowel movements (another IBS finding) can be attributed to everything from your diet to your lifestyle and your sleep. Therefore, diagnosing this disease, especially in the early stages, comes with a challenge.

For the uninitiated, IBS is a disease that affects the large intestine. The good news is that it is usually not fatal, however, it is potentially dangerous and can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. In some severe cases, maintaining a normal lifestyle also becomes difficult and people have to make adjustments – changing working hours or working from home to manage the discomfort that comes with this disease, etc.

IBS is usually caused by a virus or bacteria and can appear after an episode of severe diarrhea. The disease can also occur due to an excess of bacteria in the intestines. Although the common symptoms of this disease are difficult to discern, some serious symptoms can be red flags and require immediate medical attention.

These symptoms include persistent back pain and nausea, and in women this can manifest as a change in menstruation. It can also cause fibromyalgia or other pre-existing conditions, and even sexual dysfunction, as well as pain during intercourse. As with most illnesses, the first sign of IBS is usually always weight loss, but IBS can also cause rectal bleeding, unexplained vomiting, and iron deficiency anemia.

One of the causes of an aggravated case of IBS is stress. Therefore, to manage this disease, stress management is important. Apart from this, certain foods act as triggers for this disease. Therefore, it is also essential to keep a diary of all meals and identify trigger foods. There are different types of exercises that can relieve the symptoms, therefore, one must try some form of exercise to manage the symptoms. It is important to take care of the general well-being of the body.

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