IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): Dealing Day-to-Day

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, can seriously affect your quality of life. Living with the recurring symptoms of IBS may mean restricted activity levels and increased levels of emotional distress for many individuals. This can increase stress and make symptoms even worse. However, it doesn't have to be this way.

You can learn to cope with the symptoms of IBS and minimize the disruption to your life. Experimenting with various habits or lifestyle choices can reduce the severity of symptoms. For example, you can wear loose clothing while eating to reduce the discomfort of bloating that is common in many people with IBS. Placing warm heating pads on the abdomen after meals may decrease the intestinal spasms in some people with IBS, helping to reduce abdominal pain.

Those who suffer from IBS may be reluctant to talk about or seek help for their symptoms. Chronic diarrhea that may cause soiling, gas, bloating and constipation can be embarrassing for anyone experiencing it. Individuals with IBS may also experience anxiety and depression as a result of their symptoms. Don't let yourself be one of these people. If you open up to others -- especially to your doctor -- you'll likely discover that your IBS does not have to run your life. It is important for you to investigate the treatment options that are available to you. Treating your IBS can greatly reduce its impact on your life.

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