Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients
Nature of IBS symptoms, identical symptoms of other abdominal disorders, makes it difficult to treat IBS and treatment may help for shorter durations.
Patients suffering from IBS usually find that the supplements and self-help methods used by them for handling IBS has advantage over the conventional medicines. But it does not infer that there is no remedy available for improvement. Sufferers can learn much more about the various methods of relieving IBS by sharing their experiences.
The tips provided in this article are nothing but the excerpts from the experiences of IBS sufferers. You must consult your doctor before begin to use these tips for easing IBS.
Calcium: Use of calcium tablet has shown positive results in easing IBS in some patients. Calcium is available in the market as an over-the-counter medicine in form of calcium carbonate. Calcium tablet thrice a day have provided good results. Calcium supplements like Ciltrate 600 in combination with Vitamin D and mineral is usually recommended. The sufferer may experience side effects like indigestion or gas during the initial days of starting calcium intake. However, these side effects vanish after few days. If the patient has constipation he can use magnesium supplements, which will provide laxative effect.
Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes: Use of digestive enzymes with acidophilus, as a measure to ease IBS, has provided faster relief for some patients, especially those suffering from diarrhea. Some people also suggest that intake of peppermint and chamomile tea (twice a day) has provided better results. What is important is this supplement provides quicker relief.
Diet: Close watch and changes in diet can help IBS patients in easing their IBS. You can continue with your medication and the dietary change will function as a complimentary method. Many physicians suggest alteration of diet cycles. You have to maintain a record of diet for certain period and find out the foods that cause development of IBS symptoms for you. Avoidance to these foods and changes as required (for example non-vegetarian foods may be problem take vegetarian diet) will help you in easing IBS. You may get good effects of these dietary restrictions for prolonged periods. Combination of medication and dietary changes/supplements will provide long lasting relief.
Flaxseed: Just making alterations to diet cycles may not provide desired result in some patients. Such patients may pay more attention towards use of herbal/natural supplements. Consuming tablespoon of grinded fresh flaxseed with juice or water has provided significant results in some cases. It is important that the patients use grinded flaxseed. Pre-ground flaxseed does provide desired results as whole seeds can not be digested properly and flax seeds begin to oxidize only after grinding. There are many who have achieved success in easing IBS with the help of this method and that too within shorter period like fortnight.
Fiber, Fluids and Yoga: Combination of various methods like intake of fluids, fibrous foods and regular yoga (or physical exercises or meditation) can help you in easing IBS symptoms. Meditation, yoga helps you in reducing stress and makes you feel relaxed. These aspects play an important role in IBS management. Adequate intake of fluids like water or fruit juices (about 7-9 glasses per day) maintains healthy digestive system and help you in easing IBS symptoms. One may use anti-depressants in combination with this therapy. That will help you in reducing stress and help you in achieving relief from IBS as stress is associated with the IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stress: The association of stress with IBS has been established through clinical trials. Many people get stuck on the toilet, experience intense cramps and pains as a result of IBS symptoms. Many people attribute this condition to psychological state. This psychological stress leads to general worries. A sufferer may experience more pain when he is under stress. Relieving stress is best way of easing discomfort and pain caused due to IBS. Awareness of stress factors can help you in avoiding it. IBS patients must be optimistic and understood that this is a temporary stage. Leading stress free life will provide better results of IBS treatments. On the other hand, increased stress can worsen the IBS condition. Use of pain killers and anti-depressants can help in fastening the relief from IBS symptoms.
Fibers: According to some nutritionists, intestines of IBS sufferers react differently to insoluble and soluble fibers. Soluble fibers settle the colon and hence the sufferer does not face any reaction from the intestine. There are some patients who concentrate on diet instead of going for medication for easing their IBS symptoms. Function of intestine plays a major role in easing of IBS. Many dietitians suggest intake of insoluble fibers on full stomach.
Readers must understand the proper diagnosis, after investigations, is important for treatment of any disease and IBS is no exception to it. You must get your IBS symptoms investigated properly and only then try self-help methods. One may experience the bowel disorders owing to other abnormalities. Even your physician may get confused about the nature of disease as IBS have similar symptoms found in other abdominal disorders.