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Table of Contents
How To Manage
The Definitive Guide
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.
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