Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition affecting about twice as many women as men and is most often found in people younger than age 45. Most people diagnosed with IBS can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, probiotics and medicine. Dr. Edward Hill discusses IBS treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause abdominal cramping, bloating and a change in bowel habits.

Some people with the disorder have constipation. Some have diarrhea. Although IBS can cause a great deal of discomfort, it does not harm the intestines.

IBS cant be cured, but symptoms can be treated. There are many types of treatments, and your doctor can help you decide what is best for you. These treatments include:

Exercise: Three to five times per week.

Over-the-counter laxatives, such as polyethylene glycol. This may help with constipation, but probably not with stomach pain.

Antidiarrheal medicines: This may help with diarrhea, but probably not with stomach pain.

Probiotics: Probiotics are found in some over-the-counter supplements and yogurts.

Prescription medicines: Your doctor also may prescribe a medicine to help with more severe symptoms. But, these medicines could cause side effects.

Other treatments that your health care provider may recommend include relaxation, hypnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicines and peppermint oil.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.