Identifying Solutions For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Wouldn’t you agree that if you know the facts about an illness it will also assist you in understanding your best treatment options? Irritable Bowel Syndrome is very complex and a case in point. The “syndrome” may be mistaken for a number of separate and specific diagnoses, including those which affect different parts of your intestines. This means, while most irritable bowel issues are related to the colon, as far as abdominal pain from your intestine is concerned this may include the stomach, the small intestine or the colon. Once specific diagnoses are excluded (like diverticulitis), in general, the “syndrome” may be due to irregularity in the muscle spasm of the tract of intestine.

Seeking help from a physician should be the first task that you need to do, if you are suffering from this syndrome. It is generally identified with the aid of your personal history of symptoms, what causes them to get worse or better, blood tests and various types of scans, as well as possible scope procedures. The latter means that a flexible telescope gets introduced into your stomach through your mouth or from below through your anus into your colon. Don’t worry, these are usually done with some type of sedation. The problem is that if you don’t get a proper and complete evaluation, this “syndrome” may actually be a treatable and very specific disease. There is no single test that is especially made for evaluating irritable bowel syndrome.

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To get more specific, scope tests from below include the shorter sigmoidoscopy and the longer colonoscopy. This includes tucking in a flexible tube which can bend easily with a camera attached to it. The video and pictures are transmitted to a monitor, which will give your doctor a pretty good view of your insides. Sometimes a biopsy is required to help with the diagnosis.

If nothing specific is found to qualify for diagnoses like acid reflux, diverticulitis, intestinal/colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or colitis, then you may indeed have a generalized disorder like IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. The point is, to re-emphasize, that it is important to exclude these diagnoses first.

Unfortunately, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic condition. Though can be treated, some symptoms will settle down for a time period, then may go back to the same status or may even increase. It is related to stress and possible foods which may exacerbate your symptoms.

Ultimately there is no curative remedy for many patients with IBS. There are definitely treatments which can reduce your symptoms, but your doctor should also recommend altering your lifestyle and learn to control the stress which may partly cause the problem. As you know, having IBS also increases your stress levels, so it can be a never-ending circle unless you start getting at the root of the problem before symptoms get worse.

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Symptom control medications may help while you identify and get your lifestyle issues under control. The doctor may prescribe certain purgatives and supplements for constipation while giving other medicines for diarrhea. Usually antispasmodics are given for the regulation of colon muscles and reducing the pain in the abdomen.

But usually both antidepressant and antispasmodic will induce constipation, again causing a never-ending circle of problems. Also this type of medication can cause addiction problems, so you need to be careful and restrict it for use only until you get to the root of your problems.

Medicines that are used for Irritable Bowel Syndrome are as follows:

Alosetron HCL also called Lotronex is highly used for women who suffer from this disorder when all other traditional methods didn’t work out and when the prime symptom is diarrhea. However the patient need to be careful as its worst side effects are reduced flow of blood towards colon which can be followed by serious constipation.

Tegaserod maleate is another medicine commonly called as Zelnorm, which can be considered as a remedy for a short time period. It is taken for about 4-6 weeks before you can expect some results.

So, work with your physician. Exclude treatable conditions. Consider some symptom control medications. Look at foods which seem to make things worse. Eliminate them and see if you are better. Look at your lifestyle and try to reduce your stress or take steps to control it, using biofeedback and other methods.

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Usual Diets For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

People who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome should take a self-inventory and list out the things that they eat. This is a great start, but simply taking inventory is not enough. You should also consider the methods by which food has been prepared.

First, in order to make a list of food you eat, create a log book in a notepad on your computer. You should add particular terms that qualify your log entry, such as where you get the food and how you prepare it. So along with say ‘Fried Rice’, you should not only add that to the list, but also add how it had been prepared, what you may have combined it with etc. Moreover you also need to note the timing of eating your food (both when you eat and how fast you eat) and also your mood at the time of eating a specific food.

The list you make should be part of a daily routine and you need to check it regularly, especially when you are first creating it and adding new items to it. The most suitable time is at the night, at which you can collect a detailed list of the whole day. Each explanation is quite essential and should be given care. Every little item, even a chocolate that you had, needs to be recorded.

The foods that may induce your appetite or for which you have a craving, can be avoided by setting a common diet. Once you have this list, share it with your health care practitioners. You personal dietician or doctor will help you in charting a suitable diet plan for you, based upon the list you have made about the food that you eat. This will vary with your symptoms. Again, some foods may need to be cut out. Some may need to be added. For example, if you have constipation, then the most important food that you need to include in your diet is fiber rich food which will reduce this constipation.

The feces should bulk up if you add fiber rich content in your diet. Thus the best way of fighting with the symptom,’constipation’, is to add fiber rich fruits like orange, banana etc. The fiber works by adding volume to the stools.

The foods that increase your symptoms should be systematically removed one by one. In general, the foods that induces the syndrome are actually those that are rich in fat as this slows down the digestion of other foods. But in your case, it may be different. In the long run it is all about balance and not absolutes, but you first have to figure out how YOUR body responds to the foods you eat.

While carrying out or implementing this diet chart for Irritable Bowl Syndrome the first and foremost thing to do is check whether you are taking regular meals at the proper time. This “proper” time may vary from individual to individual. You will have to experiment.

If the symptom of diarrhea predominates in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the most beneficial diet chart may include small meals at multiple regular intervals. However when you have diarrhea the symptom is mainly watery stools. You can lose a LOT of water. It is important to follow your doctor’s advice to check out the amount of water that you should be taking based on your body size, the amount of exercise you engage in, the climate you live in etc.

Generally the amount of water or fluid intake should be high. The classic recommendation is 6-8 glasses of WATER every day. Again, this may vary by individual. On the other hand, caffeinated drinks, alcohol based beverages, carbonated soda etc. should be avoided. Carbonated sodas produce gas, thereby resulting in a bloated belly, while caffeine may cause diarrhea and stimluate the intestine which worsens the condition further.

Irregular Bowel Syndrome may also be due to dairy products like cheese, mayonnaise etc. As you get older, lactose is not metabolized well and may lead to IBS. If you are not tolerant of lactose, then switch over to lactose free yogurts instead of pure milk which will provide you the same protein. Alternatively, you can also use an enzyme supplement to help in breaking down lactose.

In the end, everyone is different. The “syndrome” may have different causes in different people. You need to take a personal inventory and decide what needs to be done based on this information. For best results, work with a health care practitioner who knows and understands you and your personal needs.

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