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IBS Syndrome – Information & Symptoms

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

In this article, you’ll find the following information about IBS:

  • IBS statistics
  • Primary symptoms
  • Secondary symptoms
  • Warning signs of other conditions
  • Medical criteria for diagnosis
  • Different types of IBS
  • The role of stress
  • Different ways of showing & relieving stress
  • Treatment plans for irritable bowel

What Is IBS Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (more commonly known as IBS) is a disorder of the digestive system. Basically, it’s a problem in the way your stomach digests food and how reacts to things like environment, diet & stress changes.

Over 15% of the population in developed countries suffers from IBS Syndrome and a weak digestive system. One in six people suffer from chronic problems with gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation and alternating states between these problems.

In fact, next to the common cold, IBS is the second most common reason for medical leave from offices around the world.

Patients with an irritable bowel display high sensitivity to their diet & lifestyle. Some of them can’t handle food items like milk, wheat, spices & citrus fruits. Most people find that stress makes their stomachs a lot more sensitive (Ever experienced rumblings or diarrhea-like symptoms right before a nervous dentist visit?).


IBS Solution and Treatment Plans

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

How to treat a tired, sick Irritable Bowel

Irritable Bowel is a difficult chronic condition that significantly reduces the quality of the patient’s life.Unfortunately, the medical community is yet to come up with a medical or drug treatment that is known to work.

Here is what we do know about IBS:

  • It is chronic
  • It is aggravated by stress
  • It is affected by the diet
  • Some symptoms can temporarily subside with medicines or supplements

How to find the IBS Solution

Here are some accepted guidelines for controlling and managing your IBS symptoms:

  • Watch what you eat very carefully. Certain kinds of foods aggravate IBS and others are more conducive to your body. This website has an entire article on IBS diet – click here to read it.
  • Stress is a big trigger from IBS. Relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy, guided meditation and daily exercise have been shown to help patients.
  • Maintain a more relaxed lifestyle – wherever possible allow yourself several periods of day where you can eat in peace (possibly even cook yourself) and have stress relief.
  • Track your diet and the effect different foods have on you. Planning and tracking your diet can have a huge result on how you feel.
  • By the way, I’ve covered these and all other known treatments of Irritable Bowel in my new book – Goodbye IBS! You can learn more about the IBS treatment book here or buy it here.


IBS Medication

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

“Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
– Frank Sinatra

In the rest of this article, you’ll find the medicines that are commonly used and prescribed for IBS diarrhea, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain. You’ll also find tips on best practices to use IBS medicines, how they work and what to do to heal your stomach beyond these medicines.

IBS Medication In Moderation

First, this is very important -  Medicines must always be taken under the supervision of your doctor. It is extremely dangerous to use drugs without proper supervision.

Second, medicines do not cure IBS. They provide quick relief in many cases. And often, they can give your overworked digestive system a little time to heal on its own. But IBS is a lifestyle-related condition, and medicines can’t completely solve the problem.

And so I recommend medicines for your symptoms for temporary relief, only under doctor supervision. Use the medicines to stay sane while we use the healthy supplement & diet regime to treat the source of your problems. You won’t need these medicines in a few weeks’ time.

Most importantly, you can not take these medicines by yourself. You must talk to your doctor to make sure these medicines are safe for you – you may very likely have special situations that I cannot foresee while writing this article. My job is giving you all the information you need, leave it to your doctor to make decisions about your medicine plan.

What Do Most IBS Medications Do?

What these medicines essentially do is just relax your brain gut (your stomach has a different “brain” than the rest of your body), slow down your bowel’s motility and stop your diarrhea/bloating/constipation attack within a few hours. If you know beforehand that you will be eating incompatible food, or encountering stressful situations, keep the respective medicine for diarrhea, bloating or constipation with you.