Well Irritable Bowel Syndrome is really nota disease in itself its a description of multiple symptoms that when put together are a syndromethat are often will cause symptoms in both men, women, and children. It is very commonbut thankfully life threatening in anyway. The symptoms can be varied but the most commonones would include things like bloating, distension, abdominal pain, alternating both diarrheaand constipation. These symptoms could be very concerning for patients and can reallylimit their life style but once again its really not life threatening. It's a descriptionof really the neural impulses that colon in particular is receiving and if you think ofit as almost like a fray ends of an electrical
wire there is increased amounts of impulsesthat are irritation the colon and the colon walls and the muscular track and is believedto cause spasm and often that's what creates the sensation of bloating, gas, and abdominalpain. IBS is a life long syndrome and not a life threatening syndrome and patients typicallywill have symptoms that come and go and sometimes exacerbated by types of stress or emotionalchanges. Thank you for choosing Saint Peter's.
How to stay calm when you know youll be stressed Daniel Levitin
A few years ago,I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnightin the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend,Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porchread minus 40 degrees and don't bother askingif that's Celsius or Fahrenheit, minus 40 is where the two scales meet it was very cold.
And as I stood on the front porchfumbling in my pockets, I found I didn't have my keys. In fact, I could see themthrough the window, lying on the dining room tablewhere I had left them. So I quickly ran aroundand tried all the other doors and windows, and they were locked tight. I thought about calling a locksmith at least I had my cellphone, but at midnight, it could take a whilefor a locksmith to show up,
and it was cold. I couldn't go back to my friendJeff's house for the night because I had an early flightto Europe the next morning, and I needed to getmy passport and my suitcase. So, desperate and freezing cold, I found a large rock and I brokethrough the basement window, cleared out the shards of glass, I crawled through,
I found a piece of cardboardand taped it up over the opening, figuring that in the morning,on the way to the airport, I could call my contractorand ask him to fix it. This was going to be expensive, but probably no more expensivethan a middleofthenight locksmith, so I figured, under the circumstances,I was coming out even. Now, I'm a neuroscientist by training and I know a little bitabout how the brain performs under stress.
It releases cortisolthat raises your heart rate, it modulates adrenaline levels and it clouds your thinking. So the next morning, when I woke up on too little sleep, worrying about the hole in the window, and a mental notethat I had to call my contractor, and the freezing temperatures,
and the meetings I had upcoming in Europe, and, you know, with allthe cortisol in my brain, my thinking was cloudy, but I didn't know it was cloudybecause my thinking was cloudy. (Laughter) And it wasn't until I gotto the airport checkin counter, that I realized I didn't have my passport. (Laughter)
Men With IBS Had More Social Stress Than Women
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, can producepainful symptoms like cramps. And while there are many ways to treat IBS, a new study findsone gender may experience more social stress. I'm Miranda Savioli with your latest healthnews. While women are twice as likely to have IBS,a recent study found men reported feeling more social problems, even though digestivehealth did not differ between the genders. The men with IBS described themselves as havinglimited affection and feeling detached from others. Men also felt less socially supportedand often tried to dominate their relationships. The authors say this finding may help sinteract with their male IBS patients.
Seek counseling if social anxieties are interferingwith your life.