Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an unfortunately common ailment across much of Australia and disproportionately affects women. While it can be a frustrating condition to deal with, there is hope. IBS treatment has come a long way in recent years and now is all about trying to manage your lifestyle so that you avoid the worst of the symptoms. Going to a medical professional is the best way to develop a treatment plan for your specific conditions, but you can expect many of the following points to be part of your journey to a more fulfilling lifestyle.
The best way to stop the vast bulk of negative side effects that come with IBS is to control what you eat and, just as importantly, what you don't eat. Every person will be different, which is why seeking professional help is so important, but a good rule of thumb for IBS treatment is that high fibre foods are good and highly processed food is bad. That means stuff like sugary snacks and fast food should be kept to a minimum while fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrain bread and fresh meat are good. IBS treatment is a difficult journey to begin but once you start you immediately see the benefits.
Elimination Of Triggering Medication
Sometimes IBS can be triggered by medication that you have been prescribed. If your IBS symptoms align with when you started a specific type of medication then you should tell your doctor about that and they will see if there is another medication they can try which isn't as aggressively triggering. This goes for foodstuffs as well, if you have recently started eating or drinking something and that date is close to when your IBS started you should tell your doctor about that as soon as possible.
Sleep And Exercise
While some medications can soothe the pain for the worst symptoms of IBS, like pain killers, there is no wonder drug that can cure it completely. IBS affects everyone differently and it is impossible to treat it by medication alone. That is why a lot of IBS treatment is conditioning your body so that it is fitter and healthier. By doing this it will be less affected by IBS and better able to fight off the painful symptoms. The two best ways to do this? Exercising regularly and sleeping well. It really can be as simple as that. Your doctor can be more specific about what exercises you should begin doing (it won't be strenuous or beyond what you can bear), but try getting into a good sleep routine right now and you might be shocked at just how big a difference that alone makes.
For more information on IBS treatment, reach out to a medical health professional near you.