IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)/Spastic Colon/Leaky Gut Syndrome is one of more than 20 functional gastrointestinal disorders and is characterised by stomach cramps, abdominal pain and intermittent diarrhoea. The term ‘functional’ implies that the patient has symptoms related to the bowel, yet all the appropriate tests are normal. Abdominal pain is one of the functional diseases, but the pain differs from IBS.
Typically, patients with this problem would get up in the morning, feeling fine, but as the day progresses, the bloating and pain or discomfort will start and intensify.
• Different patterns of bowel movement (more stools, less stools, change in consistency & size)
• Abdominal discomfort & pain
• Back pain
• Sleeping problems, such as insomnia
• Heart palpitations (fluttering heart beat)
• Decreased sexual interest
• Frequent urination
• Lack of appetite due to bad taste in the mouth
• Weakness (particularly if diarrhea strikes)
• Mood changes (such as depression or anxiety)