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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Symptoms, Treatment And Diet

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME DIAGNOSIS

Doctors diagnose IBS based on one’s symptoms; they might even give the patient a diet to adopt or cut some specific food for a short period to rule out food allergies if there are any, blood tests to check for anemia or a stool sample to rule out infections.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME SYMPTOMS

The main symptoms of IBS are:

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  • Cramps or stomach pain, you might feel the pain after eating and feel better after pooping.
  • Bloated tummy.
  • Diarrhea or constipation, or even both sometimes.
  • Excess gas.

Symptoms of IBS can be trigged by food and stress, since many people have worse symptoms when they eat certain food like citrus fruits, beans, milk and carbonated drinks…

Stress doesn’t cause IBS but it might aggravate symptoms.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME TREATMENT

There is no particular treatment to IBS for everyone; your doctor will give you the best treatment that works for you based on your symptoms and diagnosis, it might be a diet to adopt, activities to do, or medications.

DIETARY CHANGES:

  • Eating more fruits, vegetables, grain and nuts, or adding supplemental fiber, such as Metamucil or Citrucel.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Avoid caffeine, chocolate and sodas.
  • Avoid cheese and milk, and get calcium elsewhere, from broccoli, salmon and spinach…

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