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What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Symptoms and IBS

What is irritable bowel syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome occur simultaneously. It is considered a lifelong condition, but symptoms can change over time. Furthermore, IBS symptoms can vary between individuals, as some have more severe symptoms than others. They include bowel movement changes, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Those living with IBS must adjust their lives to mitigate symptoms, such as changing their lifestyles, diets, and stress inducers. While IBS doesn’t pose serious threats to your overall health or increase the chances of developing other serious illnesses, such as cancer, the exact cause of the condition isn’t entirely known.

Food poisoning often spurs IBS symptoms, resulting in further pain and discomfort. Some risk factors related to developmental IBS include more severe food poisoning, anxiety, symptoms lasting longer than seven days, or symptoms requiring antibiotics. The toxin CdtB, or Cytolethal Distending Toxin B, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in cases of Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and more. As CdtB enters your body, your immune system fights back with antibodies, creating anti-CdtB. Because CdtB shares similarities with vinculin, a naturally occurring protein in your body for healthy gut function, your body assumes it must fight back against vinculin. As such, your body produces anti-vinculin antibodies, which can lead to improper gut functioning and damage. The disruption of your gut microbiome leads to post-infection IBS.

At Marler Clark, our irritable bowel syndrome lawyers help individuals suffering from adverse reactions to foodborne illnesses get the compensation they deserve. We take on cases related to IBS and gastroparesis for individuals who feel confused and need guidance. Experiencing symptoms of IBS from food poisoning is never easy, so our professional lawyers and educational resources are here to help you.

For over 30 years, Marler Clark has provided knowledge in food safety law, serving as a leading expert in representing thousands of individuals who became victims of food poisoning and food-related illnesses. We have a history of successful cases against several large corporations, including Nestle, McDonald’s, Dole, and more. We represent ourselves as a reliable, trustworthy source of information regarding foodborne outbreaks and illnesses. Our extensive history of working with food safety advocacy and foodborne illnesses results in exceptional information that can help individuals who may need guidance.

If you live with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and don’t know where to turn, we at Marler Clark can help you today. If you have any questions regarding what Irritable Bowel Syndrome is and how we can help, reach out to our Marler Clark specialists today.

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