Abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation are things everyone experiences from time to time. But if you have these type of GI symptoms often, there just might be more going on. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the large bowel and produces abdominal pain and gas with diarrhea or constipation. Since irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are not always consistent and may vary, it can be difficult to see that these may not be isolated events but a chronic condition.
How Is IBS Diagnosed?
IBS often goes undiagnosed because people are unaware that something besides an upset stomach might be the problem. While there is no cure for IBS, being aware of the diagnosis allows you to make dietary and lifestyle changes that may improve your symptoms and quality of life. If you feel like you may have IBS, call Asheville Gastroenterology Associates today and schedule an appointment for evaluation.
How Can I Relieve My Symptoms?
Dietary and lifestyle changes are the best treatment for IBS. It is important to avoid foods that trigger your symptoms like high fat, greasy or fried foods, raw fruits and vegetables. Avoiding carbonated drinks may decrease gas and bloating. Over the counter medications are extremely helpful for treating symptoms of IBS. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, anti-diarrheals and gas reducers are all medicine cabinet necessities for those with IBS. Staying hydrated, getting regular exercise and reducing stress will also improve your IBS symptoms.
Living with IBS can be difficult since your symptoms may change over time, and they are not predictable. Unpredictable GI upset means that sometimes your life is halted by avoiding activities. The doctors at Asheville Gastroenterology Associates are here to help you navigate your IBS symptoms and regain control.