Think of a disease where you suffered from pain in the abdomen, diarrhea or constipation, and bloating. If you said that you though that you had celiac disease, you would be correct, yet if you said that you had Irritable bowl syndrome you would also be correct.
The symptoms are very similar in nature, and sometimes difficult to tell apart, except the celiac disease occurs in the small intestine, and IBA, or Irritable bowl syndrome occurs in the large intestine. It even my be possible that some people suffer from both conditions and are not even aware of it.
IBS does occur primarily in the large intestine and displays symptoms such as pain, bloating, chronic diarrhea, and then chronic constipation. Cramps and gas are also very common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Other symptoms can include a mucus of a whitish color in their stool, vomiting, fatigue and a feeling of fullness after eating, and nausea.
The eating of large meals can make irritable bowel syndrome much worse as can the eating of chocolate, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, wheat, barley, rye and milk products. Conflict and stress also contribute to the condition. It seems that whenever a person who has irritable bowel syndrome is under great stress, the condition worsens, and whenever the stress subsides, the symptoms decrease or go away completely.
There is no specific test to determine whether or not a person has irritable bowel syndrome, which is frustrating both to doctors and patients, because everyone naturally wants to find a cause for something like this, so they can find a solution to stop it. About the only thing that can really be done is to mitigate the symptoms by eating correctly and avoiding stressful situations.
If a doctor diagnoses a person with irritable bowel syndrome he will also be looking for the presence of celiac disease. One study showed that chances for having celiac disease is 7 times greater for IBS patients than the statistics for the general public. Or, the reverse could be true that could it be possible that having celiac disease has some triggers for irritable bowel syndrome. Who knows? It is widely known that the two co-exist together very frequently.
Studies have shown that symptoms of celiac disease subside or disappear altogether when a gluten free diet is followed. For some reason, food products that contain gluten, or wheat based ingredients have a devastating effect on the digestive system, primarily the small intestine. Gas, pain and bloating are the main symptoms, to the degree that the discomfort can become disabling until the problem moves on and out of the system.
After several years of attempting to find a pharmaceutical remedy for celiac disease, it has been fount that the one treatment that works well is a completely gluten-free diet. Cut out the wheat and the celiac problem goes away.
As one patient put it when she gets gluten in her system, she has immediate bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and the she gets a low-grade fever.
This is followed by a mental dullness and pains in her joints extending well into the next day, and then about a week of mental slowness, more fatigue, ulcers in her mouth, some bruising on various parts of her body, and then tingling and numbness in her hands and feet.
That is quite a litany of symptoms to have, just from eating a little bit of wheat. And it seems that this celiac disease has come upon us just recently. Who ever heard of symptoms like those just described even 20 years ago? Could this be caused by some insidious food problem that has beset the world on a grand scale?
It is very likely that many people have Celiac disease and irritable bowl syndrome simultaneously, and don’t know it, or if they did would probably not know what to do about it. It is a chicken and egg thing, as to knowing just which one came first, or which one is causing the symptoms of the other.
Perhaps as further research and treatments become available, doctors and practitioners will be able to derive more definitive information as to the cause of IBS and how it might be linked to celiac disease, and then begin to be able to discover a more definite treatment for IBS. This would be wonderful news for sufferers of the condition.