Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Dyspepsia

Thursday 17 December 2015

The pain and discomfort suffered by people with gastrointestinal disorders can sometimes be unbearable. It is therefore important to act promptly to address these conditions and alleviate the physical and emotional distress.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is not a disease. It is a group of symptoms that occur together and is characterised by lower abdominal pain or discomfort. It occurs once per week for at least 2 months without other disease or lesions that could explain the pain.

The pain or discomfort usually:
  • Starts with irregular bowel movements, either diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Stools appear looser and more watery or harder and more lumpy than usual.
  • Improves with a bowel movement in the case of constipation.
The Causes of IBS include:
  • gastrointestinal system being too sensitive to certain foods
  • mental health problems (psychological factors)
  • stomach flu
  • family history.
There is no cure for IBS. How to treat the symptoms?
  • Dietary changes like eating smaller meals more often, eating meals low in fat, avoid caffeinated drinks and gaseous foods (e.g. beans and cabbage). 
  • Increase dietary fibre (e.g. whole grains, cereal and vegetables).
  • Medication to alleviate certain symptoms of IBS e.g. fiber supplements, laxatives, anti-diarrhoeal drugs and antispasmodics.
  • Replenish gut microflora with a combination of live bacteria or probiotics.
  • Psychological relaxation techniques.
Functional Dyspepsia (FD)

FD is defined as a persistent upper abdominal pain or discomfort associated with these Symptoms:
  • early satiety
  • fullness
  • bloating
  • belching
  • nausea
  • epigastric/abdominal pain
  • reflux symptoms like heartburn and regurgitation. 
It's not related to bowel movements. It's present for at least 2 months prior to diagnosis. 
They mostly occur after or during a meal.

The specific Causes of FD are largely unknown but may include:
  • genetics
  • psychological factors (abuse, trauma)
  • changes in gut function
  • hypersensitivity of the gut.
There is no treatment for FD, only symptom management to provide relief, including:
  • Dietary modifications such as consuming properly portioned, smaller meals with reduced fat, spice and caffeine intake.
  • Antibiotic treatment if dyspepsia is caused by H.Pylori bacteria.
  • Use of antacids to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
  • Use of prokinetic agents that help control acid reflux by emptying stomach content faster.
  • Psychological relaxation techniques.
Many symptoms of IBS and FD are quite similar. Just having a regular episode of constipation or diarrhoea does not mean you have IBS or FD. The main type of management for IBD and FD is usually lifestyle changes, such as avoiding problematic foods and learning to adapt to stress or anxiety. IBS and FD are not infectious. They do not threaten your life, but does affect the way you live.

(Source: Guts on fire by Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan, Fit for Life, 13 September 2015)

So What Else Can Help?

There are 4 products which have been shown again and again to be very helpful to alleviate such conditions.

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3. Probiotics. It prevents diarrhea and adjusts the irregularities in your GI system. Click on this link to discover more,

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