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'Perfectionism' Bowel Pain Link
BBC ^ | 2-26-2007

Posted on 02/25/2007 6:56:02 PM PST by blam

'Perfectionism' bowel pain link

Women are more prone to IBS

Perfectionists are more prone to developing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after an infection, a study has suggested. University of Southampton researchers asked 620 people with gastroenteritis about stress and their illness.

Those who pushed themselves or were particularly anxious about symptoms were more likely to develop IBS.

Experts said the study, published in Gut, may explain why only some people develop IBS after a gut infection.

About 5% of the UK population have IBS.

Up to one in 10 people develop it after a having a bacterial gut infection, having previously been healthy.

Such infections cause inflammation and ulceration in the bowel and can cause severe vomiting and rectal bleeding.

'Not hypochondriacs'

In this study, each person was checked three and six months after their initial bout of bacterial gastroenteritis to see if they had developed IBS symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating.

In all, 49 people had IBS at both points. Women were more than twice as likely to have IBS as the men.

Those with IBS were significantly more likely to have reported high levels of stress and anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms than those who did not develop the condition.

They were also significantly more likely to be "driven", carrying on regardless until they were forced to rest, which the researchers say simply makes the initial condition worse and longer-lasting, potentially leading to IBS.

Dr Rona Moss-Morris, who led the research, said: "We found people's beliefs about their symptoms, how anxious they got and their behaviour were all important.

"These people were not hypochondriacs. But they did have a negative attitude towards their symptoms."

She added: "These are people who have high expectations of always doing the right thing - and going off work goes against their beliefs."

Such people try to remain active and may go back to work too soon, she said.

"They keep going - but then collapse in a heap.

"They are 'all or nothing' people who have high expectations of themselves."

Trigger

Dr Moss-Morris said people who appear to have problems recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis could be investigated to see if they have a particularly anxious or perfectionist personality.

She suggested cognitive behavioural therapy might be an effective treatment.

But she added there was no suggestion that IBS was "all in the mind".

Professor Robin Spiller, an IBS expert from University Hospitals Nottingham and the editor of Gut, said: "There is probably a complicated mechanism at work here."

He said there were two potential explanations.

"It might be that stress and anxiety affects the immune system.

"But it could also be that if you don't rest, it might do you more harm."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bowel; ibs; link; pain; perfectionism

1 posted on 02/25/2007 6:56:03 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Can we cross-reference this to the "Rudybots" thread?


2 posted on 02/25/2007 6:58:04 PM PST by RichInOC (PROUDLY Undecided on '08. Ask me next year.)
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To: blam
I get it when I look at Al Gore...


3 posted on 02/25/2007 6:59:17 PM PST by Dallas59 (AL GORE STALKED ME ON 2/25/2007!)
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To: blam

Perfectionism causes IBS? Now I know why my wife says I'm a pain in the a$$.


4 posted on 02/25/2007 7:00:29 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: blam
She suggested cognitive behavioural therapy might be an effective treatment.

This is what happens when you let the government become your doctor. It's all in your mind and big brother goes in there to make your mind right.

5 posted on 02/25/2007 7:02:38 PM PST by Dan Evans
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To: blam

Hope you all get IBS and spend the night in the bathroom. ;) It's not any fun.


6 posted on 02/25/2007 7:04:06 PM PST by madison10
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To: blam
Only fair. Such persons are a big pain in the glutius maximus to the rest of us normal slobs.
7 posted on 02/25/2007 7:06:09 PM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat
Only fair. Such persons are a big pain in the glutius maximus to the rest of us normal slobs.

Jealous? :)

8 posted on 02/25/2007 7:08:06 PM PST by madison10
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To: blam
Damn! I was certain that the Gummy bears were staging an 'uprising'. It turns out that I'm just too damn good?
9 posted on 02/25/2007 7:15:13 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: madison10
Hardly. Perfectionist types I have encountered are either control obsessed power trippers who believe they have a divine calling and are put here to be some sort of super human hero or they are consumed with climbing the organizational pyramid. In either case they are either delusional whack jobs or consummate opportunists and ticket punchers. In both cases they are among the bigger blights in an organizational culture and do far more damage to the organization than any supposed stellar results that achieve.
10 posted on 02/25/2007 7:17:07 PM PST by robowombat
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To: blam
The IBS poster child from two seasons ago...


11 posted on 02/25/2007 7:21:25 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: blam
About 5% of the UK population have IBS.

That's an amazingly low number given the typical British cuisine.

12 posted on 02/25/2007 7:34:03 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: blam
IBS sucks.

This cured me. I can't recommend it enough.

13 posted on 02/25/2007 7:39:24 PM PST by Oschisms
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To: Oschisms

My daughter has suffered with IBS for a while. That Hangover Remedy actually cured you?


14 posted on 02/25/2007 7:48:32 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: blam

I thought someone would say it by now...these people are anal.


15 posted on 02/25/2007 7:53:05 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: toothfairy86

That's a pretty gutsy reply, don't you think? ;-)


16 posted on 02/25/2007 7:55:12 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX (Bible Thumper and Proud!))
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To: blam

Well, I guess this is why perfectionists are often called "anal".


17 posted on 02/25/2007 7:56:56 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: blam

Like I say, Put in a piece of coal... pull out a diamond.


18 posted on 02/25/2007 8:01:57 PM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming. Demand testicular fortitude from the hill. Call the crusade.)
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To: Dallas59

You're speaking of the man that just got an award for no reason whatsoever... oh, nevermind.


19 posted on 02/25/2007 8:02:37 PM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming. Demand testicular fortitude from the hill. Call the crusade.)
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To: Oschisms

I find that eating mild hot soup daily works.


20 posted on 02/25/2007 8:05:39 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: blam

The fact that women are more prone to IBS than are men proves that all the emotional outpouring women do with each other leads to more stress. They should be more like men who internalize everything and never share their feelings. But wait! Men are more prone to getting bleeding ulcers. I suppose whatever you do will be a real "pain in your gut." Eat, drink and be merry, for tonight you're going to spend alot of time on the toilet.


21 posted on 02/25/2007 8:06:31 PM PST by Billy Jacks blog (billyjacksblog.com)
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To: blam
Experts said the study, published in Gut

Who knew there was a magazine called Gut? I'd like to have a few copies, go to a party, and leave them in the bathroom for reading material.

22 posted on 02/25/2007 8:08:26 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62
"Who knew there was a magazine called Gut? "

Gut Magazine $289.00 a year.

23 posted on 02/25/2007 8:14:04 PM PST by blam
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I'll reply privately, as the answer is a touch too much information.


24 posted on 02/25/2007 8:18:35 PM PST by Oschisms
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To: AliVeritas

Your kidding?


25 posted on 02/25/2007 8:24:42 PM PST by Dallas59 (AL GORE STALKED ME ON 2/25/2007!)
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To: Moonman62

Funny, soup was one of the things that made my IBS worse before I discovered activated carbon.

When doctors find themselves confronting something they don't know, they just call it a "syndrome." That's not a big deal, but then the temptation is to sweep other things that may or may not be related into the same "syndrome" basket.

Common sense would tell you that diarrhea-predominant IBS and constipation-predominant IBS might have very different causes and cures. But it's all IBS to the doctors.


26 posted on 02/25/2007 8:35:07 PM PST by Oschisms
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To: blam

Do perfectionists like to eat alot of Indian food?


27 posted on 02/25/2007 8:48:20 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: robowombat

You must have met a bad crop. Perfectionists also tend to be people pleasers and try hard to make the people in their lives happy. That may just be the female versions, though. :)


28 posted on 02/26/2007 7:40:11 AM PST by madison10
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