Is there a cure for irritable bowel syndrome? This is one of top leading issues when people talking about IBS or also familiar called as ‘spastic colon’. Unfortunately, doctors and experts often don’t answer with certainty for this issue. Patients with IBS have a wide variety of prognosis. Some of them report that they can cure this syndrome, while others (most of them) find it is incurable or chronic.
Nevertheless, most patients are able to cope with their spastic colon – though there are also some patients find that the symptoms significantly decrease their ability to travel and work. Experts claim that there is no cure for IBS, but they also say that generally it is a controllable condition with the right strategies (such as doing regular exercise, an appropriate diet, stress management, having plenty of sleep, or with some medical intervention and alternative therapies if necessary).
Based on the statistics from when it was found for the first time until today, it is more likely to occur in early adulthood than in older adulthood. Many statistics record that it often occurs before the age of 35.
Nevertheless, this syndrome can occur at any age! But based on the age statistic, if you are younger than 35 of age, you are at higher risk than others who are over 35 of age.
To make a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome, doctors often only analyze the symptoms that are present. In other words, there is still no specific test to help doctors in making the diagnosis of spastic colon.
Furthermore, having some symptoms of spastic colon doesn’t mean that you definitely have this syndrome. Therefore, sometimes doctors may need to do few tests (such as stool cultures and blood tests) before making a diagnosis. Nevertheless in many cases, these tests may be done to rule out and diagnose other health problems – not for IBS.
Other health conditions that often generate the similar symptoms of IBS are ulcerative colitis /Chron’s disease, celiac disease (a kind of allergy to gluten foods), and maybe colon cancer.
As mentioned before, generally this syndrome cannot be cured – particularly for total healing! The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may get worse for a month /few weeks and then disappear for a while, but there are also some patients with spastic colon who find and notice the symptoms for most of the time.
The good news, the symptoms are often able to be improved with the right treatments. Even many patients find that they can control the symptoms with natural ways and without needing medical intervention.
Furthermore, although irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition and the symptoms can be very frustrating and often ‘come & go’, but in fact this kind of digestive problem is not serious condition. Generally it will not cause serious damage to the intestines or also doesn’t cause other serious health conditions (such as cancer).