Irritable Bowel Syndrome: What is it?
Basically Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder that affects the stomach and the intestines. It is also considered to be a common disorder affecting millions of people in the US. Although there are no treatments yet for IBS but there are methods of controlling its symptoms. Here are some of the ways of how you can control IBS:
• It is very important that you consult your doctor or your dietitian before you try experimenting with various IBS treatments. This way you will know whether the treatment fits you or not. If you are considering changing your diet still try to get the advice of your doctor. Self-medication is a no-no since it may do you more harm than good.
• Peppermint was found out to control symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The used of peppermint to relieve stomach pain has been handed down through generations and now used to control symptoms of IBS. However, it should be noted that different people reacts differently to things which is in this case peppermint. It may sooth IBS symptoms of others but may not work for some.
• Changing your diet may also help in controlling IBS symptoms. Most of the animal products such as milk, meat and cheese are hard to digest and often triggers IBS symptoms. So avoid eating them. It would also help if you can keep a food diary in where you can keep a record of the food that triggers symptoms of IBS in you. This way you will be guided on the food that you have to avoid.
• Relax your mind. Stress was also found out to cause IBS flare-ups. If you are one of those IBS patients that is experiencing too much stress then it’s high time that you set an appointment with your psychiatrist for a hypnosis session. This is because hypnosis was found out to lessen stress. However make sure that you choose a reputable psychiatrist just to be on the safe side. Another stress relieving method is acupuncture. It lowers down stress level and therefore helping in controlling IBS symptoms.
• Gas is one factor that causes much pain for most IBS patients. Avoiding food that cause gassiness also helps in avoiding IBS flare-ups. Cut down your intake of cabbage, some beans, broccoli and other foods that worsen IBS symptoms.
• Enema of water is growing in popularity among IBS patients. In fact a great number of IBS patients are now relying on weekly enema of water to help in controlling their IBS systems. Again this may work for some but not for all. You may consult your doctor if it suits you or not. It is very important that you get your doctor’s advice before trying any IBS treatment. This way you will be properly guided on the treatment that you need plus you also get to avoid worsening your condition.
• The fight to control your IBS symptoms is a never-ending process. You should always try to research on the various treatments available for you. But don’t forget to consult your doctor always since any treatment will have an adverse effect on your medical condition and also on your personal life. If you can join an IBS support group in your area then so much the better. You will feel more relax knowing that you are not alone having such problem. This may actually help you in controlling stress that often leads to IBS flare-ups.