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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the colon. As many as 1 in 5 adults have displayed some signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
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What are the types of IBS?
IBS is typically classified as one of three categories: IBS-C: characterized by constipation, IBS-D: characterized by diarrhea, IBS-M: characterized by a mix of both constipation and diarrhea (sometimes also referred to as IBS-A).
What are the symptoms of IBS?
The symptoms of IBS can vary in duration and intensity from person to person. Symptoms may occur frequently, or only a few days every month. The symptoms can include: Changes to motility (diarrhea or constipation, in some cases alternating between both), bloating or distention of the abdomen – especially after eating, abdominal pain and cramps which may be relieved after bowel movements, urgency, excess gas, feelings of incomplete emptying, changes in the appearance of your stool, mucus in your stool.
What causes IBS?
The exact cause of IBS is unknown. Possible causes include sensitivity in the colon or immune system, or damage from bacterial infections. Discovering your own triggers so that you can avoid them is often the best way to start improving your symptoms.
Some triggers to consider include: Certain foods or diets can lead to recurring IBS. Your doctor may test you for celiac disease. It may benefit you to keep a food diary in order to better track what is being eaten before periods of discomfort. Stress can cause symptoms of IBS. Your nervous systems controls many of your digestive functions, and high levels of stress may increase sensitivity in your colon. Weight loss, or a drastic change in dietary habits can lead to discomfort in your bowel movements.
What is the best treatment for irritable bowel syndrome?
Treatment for IBS will depend on what is causing your symptoms. For many, identifying triggers and making subsequent diet changes brings relief, while others may find the aid of medication helpful.
What should you eat when you have IBS?
Your diet may be a main driver or your IBS, identifying which foods and drinks are causing you trouble is the first step to creating an IBS friendly meal plan. General advice tends to steer IBS patients away from caffeine, alcohol, high sugar foods, lactose, beans, and cruciferous vegetables and says to eat more whole grains, low sugar fruits such as bananas, lactose free milk, spinach, carrots and yams.
Does IBS go away?
IBS is classified as a chronic condition meaning it tends to stick around. That said, with proper management many IBS patients live normal and healthy lives.
How do doctors treat IBS?
Your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan for you IBS symptoms. This may involve keeping a food log to identify triggers and negative dietary patterns and replacing them with other foods. They may also recommend home remedies and over the counter IBS treatment. If that does not help or your symptoms are severe, they can write you a prescription.
Can I get IBS medication online?
An online doctor can write you a prescription for IBS medication during your virtual consultation. Common prescriptions our doctors write for IBS are: Antispasmodics: Smooth muscle relaxants to combat cramping. Medications include: bentyl (Dicyclomine) and hyoscyamine (Levsin). Antidepressants: certain antidepressants have been shown to provide relief from chronic abdominal pain. Medications include: desipramine (Norpramin) or imipramine (Tofranil). Rifaximin (Xifaxan): a non-absorbable antibiotic is used to treat small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Lotronex (alosetron hydrochloride): a very strong drug only prescribed to women with severe, refractory IBS-D. It is a selective serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist that acts on the gastrointestinal tract, slowing the movement of fecal matter and increasing the absorption of water in the large intestine.
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