The most important aspect of managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is to take into account your actual condition. IBS symptoms may take you on many roller coaster rides and you might not know what will happen. Most of the time, you simply don’t have enough time, energy and money to go to your doctor each time you experience a symptom.
Be in Control
Although it is important to trust a competent health professional, it is not too empowering to think that you’re not in control. In fact, when dealing with IBS you need to have a positive attitude or you may be tempted to simply to relinquish your fate to a doctor. It may make sense to hand over power when you are having a major surgery, but when it comes to managing IBS, you have the biggest responsibility on your own condition. You should take care of yourselves even before you see a doctor for the first time.
When managing your condition, you need to understand about IBS. Gastrointestinal symptoms are signs that you need to pay your attention into and try to immediately see a doctor if they won’t go away. You should understand your body, what it needs and what can make your symptoms get worse. However, this step should happen before you see your doctor and get an accurate diagnosis – not after. If you keep on telling yourself that this is just ordinary gastrointestinal disorder, not IBS, you may make your situation worse.
The first step in managing IBS is to know what you eat and you may need to make a journal. If you drink or eat something and it makes your symptoms worse, you may conclude that it is bad for you. You do not need to see a doctor to know that.
Taking measures to improve your eating habits is really up to you. No one else can help you change your diet. But making changes is often a difficult thing. Sometimes, when things go bad, it is more comfortable to lose control. However, it depends on how you do it and you should understand that the benefits of doing things responsibly are enormous. Don’t wait for a doctor to tell you to take medications regularly, just do everything that seems makes sense.
The connection between IBS and stress can be straightforward. If you find that Monday morning is the likely day to experience IBS symptoms, it may be easy to figure out that stress is the culprit. After all, many people find that, after a relaxing weekend, they just don’t want to go back to their stressful jobs.
We often hear people say “I can’t eat without bloating or having diarrhea”. If you have sustained IBS symptoms and can’t find out what triggers them, then you might think that everything you eat can be the cause. When this happens, your IBS condition is further complicated with psychological factors. You may be afraid to eat anything, in fear of experiencing IBS symptoms at school or at work.
In fact, chronic fear may cause you to have symptoms similar to IBS. Your breath is shallow and your guts feel tight. Right at this moment, you can make a small experiment by taking a deep breath and expand your abdomen. If you are unable to do this, it may mean that your intestine is tense, so tense that it traps gas and gives you a diarrhea.
A successful management of IBS depends on your conviction that a few things in your life can change. There is a reason why you have IBS symptoms, whether it is microorganism, food, or stress. Understanding how to get rid of your symptoms is the first step in treating your condition. It may be a good idea to determine what triggers your symptoms, before seeing a doctor.
This is your body and you should be in charge. You may have lost the user’s manual somewhere, but at least you can learn from past mistakes and try not to repeat them. Understanding your IBS may require some experiments. If you feel awful, no one may have the answer on how to make you feel better, you have to do some experiments to find out what works for you. Just be sure that you are experimenting with the correct tools and information so that you can improve your chance to get more accurate results without making your situation worse.
Dealing With Advices From Others
As you make great strides in dealing with your IBS symptoms, you may hear about a “miracle” therapy that supposedly can improve IBS symptoms. While it is a good idea to talk with other IBS sufferers regularly, it is necessary to examine all information cautiously. Sometimes even those with the best intentions, can give you misleading information.
Consider this common situation: You take a supplement regularly or try a new diet and the result is amazing. Your IBS symptoms disappear; your friends are so inspired by your story that they immediately try it. Half of them may achieve good results while others do not.
A person’s cure may be another man’s poison. Some treatments may be good for you, but can show no effect or even harmful on some people. When choosing a cure you need to make sure that the benefits far outweigh any side effects. The same is true for a diet plan; what works wonderfully for one person may cause even more problems to others. When it comes to IBS, it’s important to be reasonable and to understand that IBS triggers can vary from one person to the next. IBS symptoms can be caused by fruits, antibiotics or just daily toils of life.
Some people think that they have IBS for so many years, but finally find out that it is actually celiac disease. Eliminating gluten will not do these people any good. The only way to handle IBS is to follow a systematic approach, methodically examine each IBS symptom, only then can you determine the source of your symptoms. If your IBS symptoms can’t be cured by allopathic drugs, you can visit hundreds of chat groups and online resources to understand your condition more. You may find some of them very helpful, but beware, you can get advices from people who know less than you do.