According to new research the brains of those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome are more sensitive to pain than those of healthy people.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition across the developed world. Exactly what causes it remains a mystery since no tissue damage or infection is typically found in patients. A number of different factors are thought to play a role in IBS but patients are often left feeling like the condition is all in their head and treatment results are patchy at best.
Now, new research has shed more light on one possible trigger for IBS. The research in fact does point to the condition being in patient's heads, but not in the sense that they need to see a psychiatrist.