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Irritable Bowel ...
By taking steps to prevent the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it is possible to lead a productive, healthy life. With some planning, you can avoid IBS triggers that cause symptom flares. Your doctor can provide a complete treatment plan ...
It is not entirely clear how stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are related -- or which one comes first -- but
studies show they tend to co-exist.
"If you do diagnostic interviews, what you find is that about 60% of IBS
Coping with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) presents a number of daily challenges. While there is no cure for the disorder, treatments are available for this medical condition.
Before anything else, it is important to see your doctor to figure ou...
One approach to coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is behavioral therapy. Why? Stress and anxiety can worsen IBS symptoms. Behavioral therapy can help you cope with these feelings and hopefully reduce some IBS symptoms. It's not known what c...
An irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptom journal can help you and your doctor figure out what triggers your IBS, and how to deal with those triggers.
Fill this out as soon as you experience symptoms. Print extra copies to have on hand.
Medicine may be used along with
lifestyle changes to manage symptoms of
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
of medicine treatment is to relieve your symptoms enough to prevent them from
interfering with your daily activit...
A wide range of other
therapies has been used to treat
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Treatment methods that
help you better cope with stress can help reduce symptoms.
Other Treatment Choices
Increasing the amo...
For most people who have
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), home treatment may be
the best way to manage the symptoms. It is also helpful to learn all you can
about IBS so you can effectively communicate concerns and questions to your
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term (chronic) but manageable condition.
Treatment will depend on the types of symptoms you have and their severity, as
well as how they affect your daily life, and will likely involve changes to
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be diagnosed based on symptoms. In most cases, only
minimal tests are needed. A health professional diagnoses IBS when a person has
the typical symptoms of the disorder and, if needed, tests have ruled out oth...
An expert panel has outlined a list of
symptoms common in
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors often use this
list of symptoms, known as the Rome III criteria, to distinguish IBS from other
intestinal problems. But people who don't hav...
Call your doctor or other
health professional if:
You have been diagnosed with
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and your symptoms
become worse, begin to disrupt your activities, or do not respond as usual to
your home tr...
You cannot prevent
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But proper
self-care may help minimize symptoms and perhaps extend the time between
episodes. This includes quitting smoking, avoiding caffeine and foods that make
symptoms worse, and get...
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may persist for a long
time, but IBS does not cause cancer or shorten life expectancy.
The pattern of IBS varies from one person to the next and from one bout
to the next. Some people have sy...
The exact cause of
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not known. But
health experts believe faulty communication between the brain and the
intestinal tract causes the symptoms of IBS.
combination of elements, including ps...
What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping
or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a