Complications with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There are several complications that come with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. The diarrhea and constipation that comes with IBS can cause some problems you would expect and some that might surprise you. Seeking treatment for your IBS should reduce the chance of complications occurring.
Depression Caused by IBS
IBS can have so many symptoms that life can seem very complicated at times. It is a painful and sometimes embarrassing condition because it you can’t control the symptoms. Dealing routinely with pain and malnourishment can cause depression. Symptoms of depression are:
- Feeling sad for longer than two weeks.
- Feeling hopeless.
- Fear and panic attacks.
- Changes in sleeping and eating patterns.
- Weight loss or gain.
- Suicidal thoughts or ideas.
If you are depressed, contact your health care provider right away. He or she can evaluate your symptoms and recommend a further course of action, like medication and/or therapy.
Malnourishment Due to IBS
If you have problems absorbing your food due to constipation or chronic diarrhea, you will also have trouble with malnutrition. One of the biggest health risks to chronic diarrhea is that your body does not have the ability to properly absorb nutrients from the food you eat if you have diarrhea. Do not attempt to treat your own diarrhea without your doctor’s advice, as some over the counter treatments for the problem have some serious health care risks if they are taken for a long time. Your health care provider may choose medication, a special diet, or a combination of the two to ease your diarrhea and improve the amount of nourishment you receive from the food you eat.
Aggravated Hemorrhoids from IBS
Hemorrhoids can be a constant issue when dealing with IBS. Because your bowel movements may be either loose or you may have constipation, you may also have hemorrhoids. Regulating your diet and dealing with your IBS symptoms should help you prevent hemorrhoid issues such as bleeding, pain and infection.
Quality of Life Issues and IBS
You know that at times you will have to work around your IBS symptoms. You may feel that you don’t have a good quality of life because of dealing with IBS. Seeking treatment from your physician and keeping your IBS symptoms in check the best way to ensure a good quality of life for yourself.