One of the most common symptoms associated with IBS is constipation which comes along with abdominal pain and discomfort. The main treatment for this is the relief of those symptoms so you can go on with your life – pain free.
Making little changes to your diet and lifestyle, and learning to manage your stress, can help ease your symptoms. However, if you experience more severe symptoms that simply will not go away, you may want to consider a few of these tips:
1. Eliminate high-gas foods – if you have had constant gas and bloating you may want to avoid salads, vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, soda (or any carbonated beverage), and raw fruits.
2. Take a fiber supplement – supplements such as Citrucel® or Metamucil® when taken with fluids, may help control your constipation.
3. Try stimulant laxatives – these cause the muscles in your colon to contract and relieve your constipation. You can get these over-the-counter to relive your occasional symptoms.
4. Or try osmotic laxatives – these draw water into the colon to make the stool softer. You can also purchase these over-the-counter and also by prescription and are used for occasional and chronic constipation.
5. Incorporate probiotics – these may support the growth of good bacteria in the intestinal tract, meaning less flare-ups of your symptoms. An example of this would be the yogurt brand called Activia®.
Treatment of IBS-C is different for everyone. These generic treatments mentioned above may help cure more mild cases. If your symptoms seem to persist, see your doctor for a more targeted plan of attack.
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