Do you struggle with chronic abdominal pain, urgency, and bowel problems? You may have IBS. Unfortunately, irritable bowel syndrome commonly goes undiagnosed. After a lifetime of fluctuation between bloat, gas, diarrhea, and constipation, sufferers sadly acclimate to their motility issues. Believing they just have a sensitive stomach, these people don’t know to seek medical attention. That’s why IBS Awareness Month aims to increase education, diagnosis, and treatment
Decrease Your Irritability, Improve Your Life, and Get Involved
If you’re living with these symptoms, you may experience a diminished quality of life. 1 in 7 Americans has IBS. That’s nearly 15% of the U.S. population or more than 30 million people. IBS symptoms can flare up unexpectedly and change over time, which significantly interferes with day-to-day functioning. There is no cure for IBS, so it’s essential to increase federal funding for research and accessible care. Consider becoming a digestive health patient community advocate by reaching out to your Members of Congress this April.
Lifestyle Changes and Treatment for IBS
Most untreated IBS sufferers feel worse after eating and only feel better when they pass a bowel movement, but there are many options in treatment for IBS. After examination and diagnosis, a licensed, accredited physician may prescribe medication or certain lifestyle changes. Narcotic pain killers can intensify the intestinal discomfort, so it’s important to see IBS specialists to help manage your symptoms. Taking probiotics and peppermint oil capsules could decrease GI muscle spasms, and your doctor may eliminate caffeine, nuts, chocolate, or fiber from your diet. Further, exercising regularly and eating breakfast have been shown to decrease constipation. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, are instrumental to pain relief. Why not double up on relaxation and exercise by taking on a movement practice like yoga or tai chi?
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Take the first step and schedule an appointment with the IBS specialists at GI Associates. Don’t suffer in silence! We want you to live your most healthy life.