Do you suffer from
frequent diarrhea or constipation? Is it related to your state of mind or the
food you eat? Have you undergone tests which reveal nothing abnormal, in spite of which your symptoms still persist? You could be suffering
from Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Here is some information that could help you to understand the condition, so
that you can deal with it better.
- IBS causes
symptoms like abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhea and /or constipation,
abdominal bloating, gas and urgency. Symptoms
often appear after eating and the patients feel relieved after a bowel
- The symptoms of
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very
similar to symptoms caused more serious bowel conditions including cancer.
Therefore, your doctor may ask you
to undergo tests like stool tests and colonoscopy to rule out other
serious conditions, and only then may come to a diagnosis of irritable
- It is important not to suffer in silence, but to reach
out for help. Though there is
no definite cure for IBS, your doctor will suggest diet and lifestyle
changes as well as medications to control your symptoms.
- Dietary changes
can help to a large extent. You
should maintain a diary, note down the foods that seem to worsen or reduce
the symptoms, and accordingly make changes to your diet. Eat small
frequent meals instead of large ones. If you suffer from
constipation-predominant IBS, make sure that you do not skip your breakfast.
Some people may benefit from reducing fiber intake in the diet, while
others may benefit from increasing its intake. Caffeine, chocolate and
nuts should be avoided.
- Probiotics can help to control symptoms. Probiotics contain good bacteria that help to
settle your stomach. Peppermint oil in the form of capsules may also help.
Your doctor will also prescribe medications to control your symptoms.
- Since IBS worsens with stress, relaxation can help you
feel better. Unfortunately, it is easier said
than done. Make sure you sleep well at night. Read a book or engage in
some other activity that relaxes you before going to bed. You could
practice relaxation techniques like yoga and incorporate that in your
daily routine. Cognitive behavioral therapy may also be useful. Exercise
regularly, especially if you suffer from constipation.
healthy diet, try to live a healthy, stressfree life, and you might find
yourself with a less irritable bowel!
‘Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms can be controlled through dietary and lifestyle changes.’
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