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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including stomach cramping, pain, constipation and bloating. Some of the symptoms of IBS are less common than others but all of them can affect your lifestyle. This article will show you what to do when you get IBS symptoms.
Gas is a common symptom that’s experienced by people with IBS. Like many other IBS symptoms, gas can be distracting and embarrassing. If you have IBS and plan to attend an event where you can’t frequently excuse yourself to get quick relief, what can you do?
One of the best ways to treat gas naturally is by adjusting the amount of fibre n your diet. Spinach, potatoes and beans are all rich in fibre. unfortunately, that also makes them contributors to gas. Fibre is good for you but if you are working to control IBS, you’ll have to experiment with the level of fibre in your diet, to find the right amount for you.
Bloating can cause you to feel uncomfortable while seated at your desk and can even persist as you try to get a good rest at night. Fruit and bran can contribute to bloating, so you can reduce these to help with this symptom of IBS. Eat just enough fibre to avoid constipation, since preventing constipation reduces bloating. you should also walk, dance, garden or do some other fun exercise often.
Sudden Weight Loss
IBS can cause some individuals to gain or lose weight suddenly but this is a less common symptom than bloating. If you find that you suddenly lose weight with IBS, you should get checked out by your doctor. There are a number of serious conditions that can cause fluctuations in weight and you’ll be better off being informed on what is happening inside your body, than missing an important sign of a life-threatening illness.
Your doctor can often prescribe medication that helps with stomach cramping that’s due to IBs. The most common are antispasmodics, which help to alleviate abdominal pain. If the cramping is keeping you from activities that you enjoy, talk to your doctor about prescription medication that can help you.
If you’re having a bad tummy day but feel too sick to go to your doctor there are things you can do at home to help. A warm towel or heating pad can help to soothe you psychologically. Like a warm cup of tea, it can also physically relieve your cramping. If you’re going to sleep, apply a hot water bottle to help you relieve the pain through the night.
Antimotility medicines can help to relieve diarrhoea. For some IBS patients, this can feel like a lifesaver. The unrelenting discomfort of diarrhoea is nothing to joke about, although sometimes trying to smile can take your mind off the stress. IBS diarrhoea is not experienced by everyone with this condition and people who have this symptom are referred to as patients with IBS-D. Try to avoid alcohol fried food and caffeine since these will make your diarrhoea worse.