Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)- symptoms-diagnosis-home remedies
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also known as the spastic colon. It is a common disorder that strikes the large intestine. Even though most cases of IBS are patients having manageable symptoms, there are cases of patients having severe IBS.
What are some of the symptoms?
The symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Mucus in poop
- Excessive gas
- Abnormal bowel movement
Depending on the type of abnormal bowel movement there can be three types of IBS- IBS with constipation, IBS with diarrhea, IBS with mixed bowel movements.
Diagnosis for IBS!
IBS generally occurs in people in their late teens to early 40s. You may be at higher risk if your family has a history of IBS. Emotional stress and anxiety can play a negative role in IBS. Food tolerances and lifestyle are factors too. A severe digestive tract infection can also lead to IBS.
Depending on your medical history, symptoms, and various tests performed, the doctor may recommend a colonoscopy. It is a less invasive procedure that gives accurate information on making the diagnosis.
If you have symptoms of IBS, our doctors will give help you achieve the best results. We have the best gastroenterologist for your proper care.
Treatment and home remedies!
Most treatment is doable at your own home, with the help of your gastroenterologist. A proper IBS treatment plan may include:
- Changes in your diet-
- Consume more fruits and vegetables to "Elevate Fiber" in your diet.
- Use supplemental fiber in your meal.
- Avoid coffee, chocolate, tea, soft drinks, anything that contains caffeine.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Implement specialized diets that can help improve the symptoms (Low-FODMAP diet).
- Changes in your physicality-
- Implement regular exercise routines.
- Avoid smoking.
- Eat smaller meals.
- Recording eating patterns.
- Utilize relaxation techniques for your mind and body.
- Medical changes-
- Abdominal pain may cause depression and anxiety, which can be managed using antidepressants.
- Medication for diarrhea and constipation is available.
- Probiotics can be implemented in your daily diet. It can help improve the symptoms.
Sometimes the symptoms don't respond to the treatment. There are a few therapies that your gastroenterologist can suggest:
- Cognitive Behavioural therapy- Numerous cognitive and behavioral techniques can be used to counter IBS symptoms. Cognitive techniques like visualization and using your imagination to face fear can help a great deal in using the mind to deal with the world more healthily.
- Hypnotherapy- Another good approach is to bring about changes in perception and memory via hypnotherapy. It can bring change in behavior and think with a mere response to suggestions. It involves progressive relaxation and using soothing imagery to reduce the progression of the symptoms.
- Biofeedback therapy- It is a technique used to help people improve their health by controlling involuntary processes. An electrical device is used to help you keep track of your body's response to stress. It can help slow down your heart rate to a more loose state. Next time you face a stressful situation, you should be able to calm yourself down.
It is always best to lead a stress-free life. Not it is easier said than done. If you suspect you have IBS, then it is recommended to get an expert medical opinion.