Why aren't my bowel habits normal?

April 21, 2014
Do you have irregular, uncomfortable, or distressing bowel habits? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal condition affecting an estimated 15% of the general population.  It is most common among women aged 30 to 49 years old.

IBS is a chronic condition of the digestive system that is not generally associated with more concerning findings of anemia, weight loss, family history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or celiac disease. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal discomfort, constipation and diarrhea. Despite extensive research, no common cause of IBS has been identified. Some theories include:

.    Increased stress and anxiety resulting in gastrointestinal manifestations
.    Change in bowel habits that develops after a severe gastrointestinal infection
.    Food intolerances and sensitivities developed over time
.    Heightened sensitivity of the intes...