Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a frustrating, chronic condition that affects the large bowel in the colon. IBS is fairly common but also often undiagnosed because people don't realize that the symptoms of IBS might be related to something more.
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain and cramping, gas, diarrhea and or gas. To make things more complicated, symptoms may come and go and symptoms can vary between flares. There is no cure for IBS, but there are things you can do to improve your symptoms.
What Can I Do?
Making changes to your diet by avoiding trigger foods, gluten, raw fruits and vegetables will help to improve symptoms during flares and possibly help to avoid them. Regular exercise, proper sleep and reducing stress are important lifestyle changes that may help your symptoms and quality of life. Over the counter medications including stool softeners, fiber supplements, anti-diarrheals and gas medications should be on hand for symptoms management. Living with IBS is difficult due to the sporadic symptoms and interference with daily life.
How Can Associates In Digestive Health Help?
Since there is no cure for IBS, it can be a difficult diagnosis. The doctors at Associates in Digestive Health are here to help you navigate your symptoms and management. If you have never been diagnosed with IBS but feel like you have consistent symptoms, schedule an appointment for evaluation.