Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is an unusual term in that it actually refers to a group of conditions that affects the intestines. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a less serious condition in which patients confront many of the same symptoms as IBD sufferers. Patients who have been diagnosed with IBS likely understand the discomfort and potential problems of the condition. However, for those who only suspect they’re experiencing IBS, the search for a treatment that works may have only started.
Specific Symptoms of IBS
There are many different symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and not everyone has the same symptoms, or every symptom. Also, many of the symptoms have nothing to do with the intestinal system. Here are some of the symptoms that may necessitate IBS treatment:
- Stomach cramps
- Weight loss
- Alternating diarrhea and constipation
- Bloody diarrhea
- Mucus in the stool
- Blood-loss related anemia
- Swollen stomach
- Severe and urgent need to have a bowel movement
- Feeling of being uncomfortably full after eating a normal-sized meal.
IBS Treatment Options
Treating this intestine-related condition takes a combination of self-care and behavioral changes, as well as medical interventions.
Self-care often includes avoiding specific food triggers that patients know cause problems, changing diet, and stress management. Counseling may be suggested to help patients overcome other conditions, such as anxiety and panic disorder, which may develop as a result of IBS.
Medical intervention may include products that help control diarrhea and medications that help to control or minimize spasms of the colon and intestines. For women who have been diagnosed with severe IBS with constipation, often called IBS-C, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a medication to help with these symptoms. In severe cases, doctors may recommend surgery.
No matter which form of intestinal issue an individual is diagnosed with, it can take time to determine what IBS treatment might work best. For more information about IBD or other stomach related diseases check out Good Gut Solutions.