How does irritable bowel syndrome affect daily life?

Patients with IBS may describe the abdominal discomfort in different ways, such as sharp pain, cramping, bloating, distention, fullness or even burning. Adjusting to a certain lifestyle can help reduce symptoms of IBS.
 
  • Eat at regular times each day to help regulate bowel function. For diarrhea, small, frequent meals may help you feel better. For constipation, eating larger amounts of high-fiber foods may help move food through intestines.
  • Take care with dairy products.  Consuming small amounts of milk products or combining them with other foods also may help
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Try to drink plenty of fluids every day. Water is best.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine as it can stimulate your intestines and can make diarrhea worse, and carbonated drinks can produce gas.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps relieve depression and stress, stimulates normal contractions of your intestines, and can help you feel better about yourself. 
 
 
People with IBS may also experience symptoms unrelated to the intestine, including:
 
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Chronic pelvic pain
 
living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
 

Sources
  • "Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 31 July 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
  • "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms & Treatment." Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms & Treatment | Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, 20 Jan. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

 

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