Posted on 03-14-2018
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic large intestine disorder that requires long term care for management. Indicators of this condition include abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Another frequent sign is the presence of mucus in the stool. While it is a common ailment, only a small number of IBS sufferers experience symptoms that are severe. Those with irritable bowel syndrome find that signs and symptoms fluctuate from being worse than normal to times where it disappears completely. The specific cause of IBS is still a mystery; however, there are several factors known to play a role. Abnormal muscle contractions in the intestine can affect the digestive tract. Contractions that are longer and stronger than average can lead to bloating, diarrhea and gas. Weak intestinal contractions can slow down the passage of food, which can cause dry, hard stool.
Migraines are a severe pulsing pain or throbbing sensations radiating from one side of the head. Vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to extreme sound and light habitually accompany a migraine. Migraine attacks can result in significant pain that lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Before or during the migraine, an aura can also occur. An aura is a byproduct of the nervous system and usually causes visual disturbances. A couple days before experiencing one, there are several precursors that can alert you of an upcoming migraine. Neck stiffness, constipation, mood changes and frequent yawning are just a few of the warning signs. The frequency that migraines occur is dependent on the person. Some experience it on rare occasions while others suffer multiple times a month.
A study published by the Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2005, discovered that 23 to 53 percent of those with IBS also suffer from recurrent headaches. The research also found that 10 to 20 percent of the population experiences both irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. During migraine attacks, some people have noticed gastrointestinal troubles. Others report that the symptoms occur between attacks as well. Epidemiological studies and clinical observations have confirmed an association between functional gastrointestinal disorders and migraines. Both diseases afflict women more than men, due to estrogen in the pathogenesis. One possible reason for the connection of these disorders is neurotransmitters produced by the nervous system. Serotonin in particular is the central neurotransmitter of the gastrointestinal tract. Medication can be taken to maintain standard serotonin levels, which can improve the symptoms of both ailments. Stress can also play a role in the development of each disease. To try to reduce the amount of episodes of migraines and IBS, it is important to eliminate any stress from your life. Food is also a possible trigger for both conditions, so a change in diet can also alleviate symptoms.
At Pelphrey Chiropractic, we focus on improving the lives of each client by striving for lasting results. We educate our patients to ensure that they continue to feel great outside of our office in their daily lives. We offer nutritional counseling that can be beneficial for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and migraines as well as numerous other conditions. We are located in Lexington, KY and provide service to the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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