Designer Mychael Knight passed away in Atlanta last week at age 39. His family asks for privacy as they bury their loved one today.
Knight's cause of death has not been released to the public. As a result the public continues to speculate about how he died.
Before Knight passed away, he wrote a now-deleted Facebook post detailing his long battle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
IBS is also called spastic colon or irritable colon. Unlike Crohn's disease, IBS is a non-inflammatory condition.
IBS is a collection of intestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, bloating, excessive gas, constipation, abdominal pain and cramping.
IBS is not a terminal illness. People with IBS are more likely to die from other conditions, such as AIDS, intestinal infections, or other intestinal disorders, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or colon cancer.
The cause of IBS is unknown. Theories include a side effect of certain medications (such as AIDS drugs), infections, food allergies, young age, prolonged fever, and mental disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Women are more likely to be diagnosed with IBS. The disorder usually affects people younger than 45 years old.
Signs and Symptoms of IBS:
There is no specific lab test to diagnose IBS. Doctors usually diagnose IBS by ruling out or excluding other intestinal disorders that have specific signs and symptoms.
There is no cure for IBS. Patients can usually manage their symptoms through diet, exercise, medications and stress management.
Medications for IBS are symptom-specific, such as meds for diarrhea, constipation, bloating, pain, laxatives, antibiotics and antidepressants or antianxiety meds.
If you think you may have IBS, contact your personal care physician or health care provider.
This has been your Medical Minute.
More Info On the Web
Irritable bowel syndrome - Mayo Clinic
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - MedicineNet
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Medline Plus
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