Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, spastic colon, mucous colitis, or irritable colon) is a very common disorder, characterized by chronic abdominal pain, bloating, and alternation between diarrhea and constipation. Other symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, nausea, and depression or anxiety. Although there is no known cause, IBS tends to appear after an infection or a stressful life event, or with food intolerances or nervous system dysfunction. Women are also more likely than men to suffer from the disorder.
Drugs that regulate intestinal motility are commonly prescribed, so your doctor may give you laxatives, antidiarrheals, or even morphine or oxycodone in severe cases. Anti-spasmodic medications such as dicyclomine or hyoscine may be suggested as well, as they can ease the digestion of food in your intestinal tract and reduce symptoms.
Allergy tests are usually not very helpful as food sensitivities that may cause IBS are not true allergies but are rather an intestinal reaction. Following a food elimination diet, and keeping a food journal instead may be more helpful to determine which foods you should avoid. Other diet modification such as taking digestive enzymes and ground flaxseed will help greatly. A nutritional counsellor will help you find the right foods to fit your body.
Acupuncture and TCM can help provide relief from the pain, reduce your stress, and improve your energy levels, along with balancing the motility of your bowels. Naturopathic medicine offers a wide variety of safe and effective methods for healing.
Yoga and massage therapy can both help reduce your stress levels and stimulate normal contractions of the intestines.
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