For many IBS sufferers, pinpointing one set of symptoms may be very difficult. Ibs can be an accumulation of all the symptoms mentioned so far, and to that end treatments need to be equally diverse. There is rarely one way to tackle IBS, the only commonality may be the source of IBS, if for example it is being driven by a psychological issue such as stress.
Stress is capable of creating IBS symptoms as tangent as rapid and slow motility, however outside of that particular factor treating a variety of IBS symptoms will require a common sense approach to your improvement. So before we begin we ask that you remain open minded regarding the treatment you apply to your IBS, while many will champion one particular route, be it natural or medicinal, we rarely see one way in isolation producing the results that a balanced, open minded approach can.
Generic Treatment approach
If you are unsure as to where to start, or what is right for you, we suggest the following course of action. To start with, look at diet. It is the simplest and most effective way of tackling IBS. It does not work for all, but it does work for over three quarters of all sufferers.
We recommend that you try the Low FODMAP diet. It is great for tackling the problems related to bloating, gas and general discomfort. If you have frequent or rapid motility issues it may not be as effective, however at the very least you will feel far more comfortable.
Probiotics and good quality multi vitamins can be very useful additions to your regime. The strength of Probiotic will vary on the extent of your IBS, however do not give up if the first probiotics you try, do not have an effect, you just need to find the right ones for you.
Peppermint oil, has been shown to be effective for milder cases, however if you are at the severe end of the IBS scale, Peppermint may be a waste of your finances. Many sufferers will try supplements and then discount them if they do not appear to work. IBS supplements are intending to work for a vast array of symptoms, so do bear that in mind if they do not work for you, it does not mean they will not work for others.
Please read our piece regarding Codiene, although not an IBS medication, it may work for you. Outside of Codeinet many sufferers choose to you products such as ‘Buscopan’ and ‘Colofac’. Like many of the products which address the gas and cramping they provide short term relief, which is often wonderful in itself, however they do not make changes which are long term and lasting.
If you have a bacterial issue there is Rifaximin and Neomycin, anti-biotics which will require a script. These are very specific drugs and should only be used as advised.
Sadly one of the greatest tools in combating IBS is restriction. There are many foods and products out there which do an awful amount of harm to our digestive systems. We have devoted a page to foods to avoid, which you can go to by clicking here….
Caffeine, alcohol, certain medication, can all have a profound effect on IBS, so if you are aware that any of those currently play a major role in your diet then you may have to cut them out.
Please note the educational material presented is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Consult with your doctor prior to starting any supplement regimen or making any changes to your prescribed medications.
Stress and anxiety are huge factors in IBS, and may also contribute to a poor diet, as they lead to unhealthy cravings. Please visit our section on stress if you believe that stress is impacting on your IBS. Click here….
The modern lifetstyle has made it harder to slow down and relax, harder to take stock of life and harder to gain control. To deal with IBS, one of the greatest challenges is to lift your head up and make the changes necessary.