IBS treatment is difficult, but it can be done!
IBS treatment is difficult. When you've been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you may be relieved (as I was) to know it is not something more serious causing all that pain, bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea. Your next question becomes, "Now what?"
I experienced the most frustration when I asked “Now what?” because IBS is difficult to treat. Doctors don't really know what causes IBS, and they are not really sure how to treat it. No treatment works the same for everyone. It simply becomes a matter of trial and error. Do not become discouraged! There are plenty of options out there, but let's start with the three main IBS treatment methods that most doctors will recommend.
Diet restrictions – Avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and fatty foods. Some also recommend keeping a food diary to help you figure out if there are specific foods causing your symptoms. If your problem is diarrhea, you are also advised to avoid fruit, dairy products and artificial sweeteners.
Fiber – Add more fiber to your diet. Some doctors may even recommend a fiber supplement like Metamucil or Benefiber.
Stress reduction – IBS is believed to be triggered by stress. Meditation and relaxation are recommended for preventing further flare ups.
Some doctors may even prescribe medication. Laxatives, anti-diarrhea medication, and anti spasmodics will certainly treat your symptoms, but will do nothing to help the disorder itself.
It is certainly worth giving these methods a try. If one or all of these methods work for you, you are one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately, none of these methods worked for me and I am sure they are not working for most of us with IBS.
See why these treatments typically do not work, and how to find some natural remedies that do!
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