YODA: No More Irritable Bowel!
Diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain are some of the most common symptoms associated with a bowel problem. When, however, they all appear simultaneously, they are probably associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and become an integral part of our lives..
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disease associated with a bowel disorder and is estimated to affect 50% of those visiting the gastroenterologist!
As a condition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is directly associated with stress and seems to prefer young women, who suffer from it three times more often than men!
The main symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are usually diarrhoea and constipation, ο abdominal pain, swelling or bloating of the abdomen with or without defecation disorder..
However, they sometimes extend beyond the bowel, including migraines, tachycardia, asthma, sleep disorders and more.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Very often Irritable Bowel Syndrome is associated with some food intolerance, which is not stable but differs from patient to patient. However, foods such as dairy, citrus, eggs, as well as some beverages such as coffee are often considered responsible. In this case, it is recommended to exclude “guilty” foods from patient’s daily diet, or even reduce their consumption.
However, the main cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is stress. Associated with the modern, urban lifestyle, stress is connected with the overwhelming majority of syndrome incidents, and its gradual therapy is considered critical to cure the condition.
Occasionally Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be due to a previous infection in the area and be treated by prescribing a specific therapeutic and nutritional treatment.
Finally, recent research on gut microbiome has shown that a possible cause of irritable bowel pathophysiology is the disruption of the number and type of microbes living there and the change in the balance between probiotic and non-probiotic populations, a process known as debilitation.
Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is done through a simple clinical examination during a visit to a gastroenterologist, the only person responsible to detect the problem.
Occasionally, the gastroenterologist recommends additional examinations, such as colonoscopy and blood tests, to rule out the possibility of related organ damage to the intestine.
The treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is through a combination of lifestyle changes such as avoiding stress, smoking, and foods that aggravate regurgitation, as well as prescribing appropriate medicines.
In this framework, patient’s monitoring by a specialised gastroenterologist plays a key role. Gastroenterological department of YODA Day Care Unit has physicians with a great expertise and experience in detecting and treating the most complex cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Gastroenterological Department of YODA Day Care Unit is fully equipped to welcome the patient and provide, without the slightest suffering, both the diagnosis and the treatment required to deal with this common condition.