GI Problems in Women
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):
Irritable Bowel Syndrome occurs 2 to 6 times more often in women than in men. One reason for this observation may be that women normally are more sensitive to irritants of the GI tract. In IBS, the patient is supersensitive to irritants that would not be bothersome to other people, such as increased gas in the gut. The basis is believed to be a problem with how the nerves send the message to the brain, the interpretation that the brain makes, and it's response back to the gut. In fact, if a person with IBS puts her hand in ice water, she can keep it in the bucket longer than someone who does not have this syndrome - she doesn't feel the pain/discomfort of the ice water as rapidly as a non-IBS sufferer. The problem lies within the sending of the message by the nerves.
- Inflammation of the Stomach (Gastritis):
- Colonic Disorders: