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Patient Teaching Information handout
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Patient teaching information handout Introduction Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects functionality of the body parts. It dominates the small and large bowels and is characterized by discomfort or severe pain, with abnormal bowel behavior.
The changes that affect bowel movement result in discomfort and other abnormalities that are identified as symptoms. These also offer a basis for understanding IBS and its diagnosis. According to Anderson, Keller, Pehl, Schemann, Preiss, and Layer, existence of three conditions defines the disorder and guides its diagnosis. The authors explain that existence of IBS is a consequence of three factors. The patient must have reported chronic symptoms that a physician associates with the gut and that result in abnormal bowel characteristics. The symptoms must further be significant to compel a patient to seek medical attention or to cause the patient to worry and must have adverse effects on the patient’s quality of life. Further, it must be established that the reported symptoms are not associated with any other health complication. The authors identifies “diarrhea,” “constipation,” “pain,” “bloating, and distension,” as the major symptoms towards diagnosis, though many other complications may initiate the symptoms (Anderson, et. Al., 2011, p. 755). ...
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