Irritable Bowel Syndrome Complications

There are not that many complications one can experience from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Oftentimes IBS symptoms are triggered by eating and patients who want to avoid IBS may alter their diets or reduce their food intake leading to loss in weight.

Having IBS can complicate one’s life. One such complication is the need to look for public toilets when you’re outside.  When you have IBS you will likely experience urgent diarrhea and many people with IBS would rather stay at home rather than visit public places for fear they may experience a moment of incontinence in public.

Psychological impact

Some people who have never experienced IBS will think that IBS is just a form of indigestion and thus a very small issue to deal with.  But those who daily suffer from the inconvenience, discomfort and pain of this condition, IBS can have a major psychological impact in their lives. Many doctors treating IBS patients have stated that almost all of their IBS patients experience some form of anxiety and depression.

Constipation and diarrhea are symptoms of IBS and can aggravate into conditions leading to hemorrhoids.

IBS can affect your personal and social life. It can restrict your social life for fear of experiencing incontinence outside the home making you decide not to attend or avoid certain social gatherings.

IBS can also lower the quality of you and your partner’s sex life. It may affect your lovemaking forcing you to excuse yourself to go to the bathroom while you’re in the midst of your lovemaking.

These complications may hinder the sufferer to live his/her life to the fullest causing the sufferer to become sad and eventually depressed.