Irritable Bowel Syndrome FAQ
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Symptoms may come and go, but when you're suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), your life pretty much revolves around the bathroom – any bathroom. You might have diarrhea, constipation, or both – along with stomach cramps, pain, bloating, and fatigue.
Fun stuff, right?
How do you know when you have IBS vs. IBD?
While there’s no test to diagnose IBS, it's important that your practitioner makes sure you don't actually have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although they sound similar and share many symptoms, IBD is a more serious condition and requires different treatment.
How can my doctor test for IBS vs. IBD?
To sort it all out, your practitioner will likely do lab tests (including one for gluten intolerance), order stool studies to check for infection or malabsorption, obtain imaging tests like x-rays or a colonoscopy, and more.
How does mental health affect IBS?
Stress—along with anxiety and depression—can play a role in flare-ups. So, s Stress-busting techniques like yoga (especially if you’re prone to diarrhea), hypnotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and mindfulness can all reduce symptoms or make them feel more manageable.
How can you treat IBS naturally?*
- Diets that may help (and can't hurt) your IBS symptoms, such as gluten-free, low-FODMAP, etc.
- Probiotics (the right strain for you)
- Peppermint oil capsules
- Fecal transplants (not approved yet, but likely in the future!)
There are also certain medications that will address your symptoms and pain.
Always make sure to talk to a health professional first.
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