Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What Are the Cures for IBS? Of all intestinal disorders diagnosed by physicians throughout the United States, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is by far the most common. Many of those afflicted, however, remain reluctant to seek help from their physician, in the mistaken belief that nothing can be done about it. Wrong! This most prevalent of intestinal disorders is controllable.

Although no known cures for IBS exist thus far, various treatments can control this distressing functional disorder of the bowel. No single specific treatment, however, has been established for managing all the various symptoms of IBS.

What Happens After the Condition is Diagnosed?

Картинки по запросу ibsFirst, the physician discusses the severity of the condition with the patient. Individual and multiple symptoms are noted, as well as their intensity and frequency. When all factors and possibilities have been explored, the physician draws up an appropriate treatment plan.

During the first meeting with the physician, the IBS patient must provide information about lifestyle and habits. The patient may also be asked to keep a diary of potential “triggers” and a record of food eaten.

Above all, the physician will dispel any misgivings that the patient may have about seeking help. The unfortunate myth that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is “all in the mind” is one of the most frequent reasons given by patients for delaying or failing to obtain treatment. Your physician can and will reassure you that IBS is one of the most common intestinal disorders seen in gastroenterology today and, more importantly, that it is treatable.

Treatment Options

A wide range of treatments is available for the control of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Your physician may recommend one or a combination of the following:

dietary/lifestyle adjustments
stress management
relaxation techniques
hypnosis
specific medication
low-dosage antidepressants
drug therapy (depending upon the predominant symptom)
biofeedback therapy
pain control
behavioral therapies
alternative medicine (e.g. Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbalism).

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