Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Tue, 07-17-2012 - 9:54am

According to Recent Health Day news, "As many as one in five Americans has to deal each day with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a digestive disorder for which treatment options remain limited."Treatment is challenging because we have only one approved drug from the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] right now," explained Dr. Satish Rao, director of the Digestive Health Center at Georgia Health Sciences University and Health System." MORE

How does IBS affect your life? What do you do to cope/treat your condition?

Karla
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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 2:32pm
I suffer from UC and IBS, and definitely know that food is a huge trigger for me. I was lucky enough to find a dietician who specializes in IBS and IBD, and she put me on a low-FODMAP (see info here http://ibs.about.com/od/ibsfood/a/The-FODMAP-Diet.htm) and I have found when I follow it it makes a huge differencfe to me. Of course I go through periods when I don't follow it, go off my meds and things get, for lack of a better term, pretty sh!tty. LOL

I also find that eating at regular times and keeping up my water intake makes a huge difference.