Irritable bowel syndrome pain is a kind of pain which is felt around the abdominal region. This pain appears to move from one side of the abdomen to the other and also from top to bottom. In most circumstances, the pain will go away after bowel movement. IBS pain symptoms are characterized by tenderness, cramping, bloating and pain in this region. The condition may also result in the alternation to bowel habits i.e. diarrhea and constipation.
The exact cause of IBS pain is not yet known but most people can trace the onset of the pain to when they woke up in the morning and also after eating. In some patients, the condition is observed after a stressful activity or during menstrual cycle in women. In many instances, the pain is relived after bowel movement but will come back as wastes move down through the intestinal track. In some patients, the symptoms will be experienced for a few months, then disappear and then recur at a later date.
In severe irritable bowel syndrome, that patient may experience severe constipation and diarrhea which can lead to formation of hemorrhoids. Sometimes the hemorrhoids may be severe such that they will negatively impact on ones quality of life. In other times, the condition will negatively affect ones sexual life and therefore there is need to take medication as early as possible.
Although IBS is usually exhibited through abdominal pains, there are also other forms of pain that may indicate the presence of this condition. Some of the pains include muscle pains, back pains, genital pain, urinary pain as well as headaches. Such pains may radiate from the abdominal region as in the case of back pain which could occur in IBS patients with severe constipation.
It is important to understand that there is no standard diagnosis for irritable bowel syndrome pain. The physician will be able to deduce that you have the condition after learning more about your symptoms. Your physician will be able to establish the exact cause of the condition which will help him in designing the most appropriate treatment option.
There are different treatment options that have been used to cure this condition. Antispasmodic medications- these types of medications are used to relax the intestinal walls as well as the abdominal muscles. These medications are very effective in curbing the pain. Some of the drugs in this catagory includes; belladonna, Phenobarbital, Bentyl, dicyclomine, Levsin, hyoscyamine and so on.Tricyclic antidepressants- Such medications includes; amitriptyline, Elavil, Tofranil, imipramine, Aventyl and nortriptyline. They are prescribed in smaller doses that for patients suffering from depression. Antidepressants are most effective when taken at night.
Other pain relief methods
Heat therapy- it is also effective in relieving abdominal pain. The heat can be administered using heating pads, steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzi.Regular body exercises, yoga, improved sleep habits and dietary changes have also been found to relieve IBS pain.Colon irrigation- It may prove to be the best solution to getting rid of the actual causes of the condition. It would be important to learn how to perform colon irrigation.