I don’t know a thing about you, but I am sure you too go through predicaments and get stressed out at times. Some of us are worse than you when we get affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The answer to who gets IBS is vague and there is a lack of scientific understanding behind how IBS is linked with stress. Yet, IBS and mental stress share a hand in glove relationship.
Some people feel nauseated when they go through mental agony. An accidental scene, the death of a loved one or heavy workload increases the colon sensitivity of IBS sufferers. Stress and anxiety of the moment increases abdominal cramps, acidity, loss of appetite, bowel movements, passing of loose stools and adds on to the discomfort. What makes doctors and their patients uneasy and uncertain is the lack of a unique cure for IBS. Whatever treatment available for IBS is symptomatic.
I talked to my GP about stress once during my Post Graduation exam days. I told her that my head buzzes with a terrible headache, my hands feel a kind of zing and I feel like puking every other minute. My doctor smiled and gave me her diagnosis: “Those are the symptoms of your Linguistics exam. You are so stressed that you have a headache and you feel nauseated. The rest is all contrived by your brain. You are totally healthy and need no medicines. Write your exam well.”
- Aparna K V