Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Tiziana M. - ebook

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a conditionin which the bowel does not function as it should. If you areone that has been diagnosised with IBS, then there is a realneed to find the help to relieve the symptoms you arefacing. If you haven’t been diagosised yet, it is time toconsider heading to the doctor if you do feel that these arethings happening to you.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

How To Manage

Irritable Bowel



The Definitive Guide

To Managing

Irritable Bowel




Table Of Contents

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………pg 4

Chapter 1: What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? ………………..5

Chapter 2: Treatments: The Overview …………………………….10

Chapter 3: Stress Is A Factor ……………………………………………15

Chapter 4: Your Diet’s Role In Your IBS …………………………..21

Chapter 5: Understanding The Medications ……………………..35

Chapter 6: Alternative Treatments To IBS ……………………….42

Chapter 7: Prevention, The Largest Factor ……………………….55

Conclusion: Your IBS To Do List ………………………………………..60





Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a condition

in which the bowel does not function as it should. If you are

one that has been diagnosised with IBS, then there is a real

need to find the help to relieve the symptoms you are

facing. If you haven’t been diagosised yet, it is time to

consider heading to the doctor if you do feel that these are

things happening to you.

The problem is that many medications for IBS are not all

that safe and do provide some harsh side effects. Is there a

way to safely manage IBS symptoms? How do you go on

with your every day life without having to worry about these


What’s even more difficult for those that are suffering from

IBS, they don’t like to talk about their condition. After all, to

many individuals, talking about the bowel is not something

they want to do.

The good news is that there are some effective means that

can help you to relieve the pain and uncomfortable-ness that

you face due to IBS. In this e-book, you will learn how to

manage the symptoms of IBS that seem to control your life

to make them livable.




Chapter 1: What Is Irritable Bowel


Irritable bowel syndrome is something that no one really

wants to talk about, but more people need to hear about.

This condition affects an average of 50% of those that visit

the gastroenterologist each year. Even if you haven’t gone

there yet, it is likely that at some point, you will want to

make the journey.

The condition is one that is likely to cause you a great deal

of pain and discomfort. For that reason, it is imperative to

learn all that you can about what irritable bowel syndrome is

as well as how it can be relieved. That’s what we aim to do

here. But, before you can find relief from irritable bowel

syndrome, you must know what it actually is.


What Is It?

IBS, as it is called for short, is also known as spastic colon.

In this condition, individuals will experience pain in their

abdomen. The pain is due to a disorder of the function of

your bowel. In addition to pain, you may also experience

changes in normal bowel habits.



IBS Symptoms

There are many symptoms that can be contributed to that of

irritated bowel syndrome. Learning about these can help

you and your doctor to get a start on what’s wrong. In

many cases, IBS symptoms may seem like a normal bowel,

but in fact there could be additional problems lurking.

The most frequent symptoms include:

Pain in the lower abdomen


Pain that is relieved by defecation


If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you may

want to talk to your doctor, especially if they are recurring.

The symptoms that you may experience may feel like

diarrhea or even constipation. In some individuals it moves

from one extreme to the next. A change in the stool is often

a symptom of IBS.

It is also believed that those that have other conditions are

more likely to experience IBS. Those conditions include

chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, chronic pelvic pain and



Some doctors have found that there is a link between

irritable bowel syndrome and mental conditions. They link

IBS to having both neurological and psychological


In addition to this, conditions can make it worsen. For

example, menstruation usually makes IBS worse or makes

the symptoms more pronounced.


What To Do First

If you believe that you are suffering from Irritable Bowel

Syndrome, it is imperative that you work on getting the

relief you need. The first step is to be diagnosed by your


Most doctors will be able to provide you with the necessary

testing and evaluation. Your doctor will want to track your

bowel movements over a period of time as well as monitor

your other conditions during the monitoring.

There are several things that they will look at.

1. Are you relieved from the pain after defecation?

2. When you feel this way, is there a change in the

frequency of your stool?

3. When you are experiencing this pain, is there a

change in the form or the way that your stool looks?

Then, they will gauge the differences and answers found

with what is considered to be normal against what is not.

If you have more than three bowel movements per day

or you have less than three movements per week, that

is considered abnormal.

If you have hard or lumpy stool or you have a very

loose and watery stool that is considered abnormal.

If you are straining, or you have an urgent need to go

or you feel like you can not completely finish, this too is


If there is any sign of mucus, this is abnormal.

In addition, the feeling of pain in the abdomen or the

feeling of being bloated is considered abnormal.

Even through all of this screening, your doctor is likely to do

a blood work up on you as part of the process of diagnosis


Finally, your doctor will do a thorough examine of you. The

exam will look at your physical conditions and to rule out

any other possible findings that may suggest something

besides irritable bowel syndrome is to blame for your pain.


When It’s Not IBS

Your doctor may actually find that you have symptoms that

don’t present within irritable bowel syndrome. These

symptoms can include blood within the stool, weight loss,

fevers, diarrhea that gets you up at night or pain that gets

you up at night. These considerations indicate that perhaps

something else is wrong rather than IBS.


Where The Truth Lies

Unfortunately, there is no known cause for irritable bowel

syndrome. Many that experience it do not know of anyone

in their family that has had it. That could be because it just

wasn’t something that was discussed or that IBS is not


There are things that are known about IBS, though, that can

help you to find the real solution to your pain and