For a portion of the population, this discomfort is a daily routine of painful spasms in areas of the stomach for the duration of the day. The pain can come across differently to people, with some describing it as:
- Cramping pain
- Stabbing pain
- Sharp pain
- A migraine in the stomach/abdomen
These pain pangs are unpredictable and can leave a person immobilised, affecting their emotional, social and professional life. These are symptoms of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a common gut disorder that affects 10% to 15% of the population worldwide. People who suffer from IBS suffer painful spasms at weird times of the day.
Young adults usually suffer from this chronic condition, which affects the large intestine (colon), for which there is no current cure. On the spectrum of gastrointestinal conditions, IBS is considered manageable and is benign, as it does not cause permanent damage to your intestines or digestive system.