Posted on Jun 7, 2017
Practical and Helpful Tips: Health

Practical and Helpful Tips: Health

Treatment Options for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome, also called IBS, is a chronic condition that causes irregular bowel habits and recurring pain/discomfort in the stomach. It may occur any time, but most folks first notice the symptoms at the age of 15 to 40. Irritable bowel syndrome afflicts more females than males and the symptoms are more severe in females as well. IBS treatment Although there’s no cure for IBS, your physician may treat your symptoms with a mix of diet, medicines, psychological therapies, and probiotics. You might have to try several treatments in order to find one that’s best suited to you. Your doctor may help you choose the best treatment plan.
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Eating, nutrition and diet changes, like going for the FODMAP diet, may improve your symptoms. Medication Your physician may recommend drugs to improve your symptoms Fiber supplements to ease constipation when increased fiber in a diet doesn’t work. Laxatives may treat constipation. Your doctor may recommend the right laxative for you as laxatives work in various ways. Loperamide may alleviate diarrhea by holding up movement of stool in the colon. Although loperamide may alleviate diarrhea in those with IBS, it doesn’t alleviate pain, bloating, as well as other symptoms. Antispasmodics, like pinaverium, cimetropium, and hyoscine help to control muscle spasms in the colon and ease pain in the abdomen. Antidepressants, like small doses of selective serotonin inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants can relieve symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain. Amitza (Lubiprostone) for those with IBS-C may alleviate abdominal pain/discomfort and constipation symptoms. Coated peppermint oil tablets can relieve IBS symptoms. When using medicine to treat irritable bowel syndrome, follow the instructions of your doctor. Also speak to your physician about the side effects that may occur, and what you should do if you experience them. Probiotics Your doctor can also suggest probiotics, which are tiny live organisms or microorganisms that may only be visible through the microscope. These tiny organisms, usually bacteria, are similar to those normally found in your GI tract. Studies have revealed that consuming sufficient amounts of probiotics, particularly bifidobacteria and some probiotic combinations may alleviate IBS symptoms. Psychological therapies Anxiety, depression, and stress may cause IBS symptoms, so dealing with these problems can help. There are a few mental therapies that could be tried in order to treat IBS. CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, involves determining and handling negative thought patterns by developing other methods of acting and thinking. In hypnotherapy, the patient is led into a relaxed state by the therapist so they can relax their stomach muscles and alleviate pain and bloating. Counseling can play a vital role in treating anxiety, stress, depression as well as related symptoms. Meditation or relaxation therapy may help ease stress. Be sure to consult your doctor so they can recommend the right IBS treatment.