Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a long term gastrointestinal disease that can cause pain and discomfort. Only a few people with IBS have severe symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms with diet, lifestyle, and stress control.
Severe symptoms could be treated with pills. Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn't increase your risk of Colorectal Cancer.
The most common symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are:
Changes in bowel habits
Abdominal pain and cramping
A feeling that the bowels are never empty
Bloating of the abdomen
Diarrhea or constipation
Iron deficiency anemia
Constipation alternating with diarrhea
Stress could make symptoms worse.
Triggers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome):
Food (dairy products, citrus fruits, beans, cabbage, milk, and carbonated drinks)
Changes to make
Usually, with some changes in diet and lifestyle, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) will improve over time. Here are some tips:
Avoid general caffeine (coffee, black teas, and some sodas)
Add fiber to your diet
Drink more water (at least three to four glasses of water daily)
Learn to relax
Limit dairy products
Eat smaller meals five times a day
Keep a report of the foods you eat to identify your triggers
Avoid some foods like beans, celery, carrots, raisins, apricots, prunes, Brussels sprouts, pretzels, bagels, fried foods, sugar-free gum, some candies
Adjustments in eating habits can help control symptoms. No IBS diet works for everyone.
When should I see a doctor?
It's important to consult a specialist in Gastroenterology to diagnose chronic constipation and to be able to start a treatment that helps you control your symptoms.
When consulting your Gastroenterologist, try to keep a record of your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.
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