Self Care for Every IBS Symptom

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As you have probably found out the hard way, the amount of IBS relief that you can get from your doctor is pretty limited. Although there has been some progress in terms of developing medications for IBS, most medications just address a certain symptom rather than providing overall relief. This is unlike many other disorders in which doctors write out a prescription and the patient gets better.

What all this means for you is that you will have to put some effort into finding strategies and remedies that work for you.

Of the many confusing things about IBS, one of the most puzzling is the fact that the same disorder can cause urgent diarrhea for some people and debilitating constipation in others. Given that, and the fact that every body is different from the next, things that help your best friend might not work for you. You may need to try a wide variety of strategies and remedies before you see some symptom relief.

The following guides are offered to help you in your quest to feel better. You can click through to the ones that best relate to the symptoms you are experiencing. If you are curious, click through them all to see if you find an extra tip that might just work for you!

IBS Pain

A common thread among most people who have IBS is the experience of pain, either in certain spots or throughout the abdomen.

This pain that can cover a whole gamut--from a dull ache, to persistent cramping, to debilitating pain that can make it impossible to function. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to soothe yourself when the pain strikes.

IBS Attacks

This article will help you to get through when IBS strikes hard and fast:

Abdominal Pain Relief

This article provides you with some simple strategies for soothing your abdominal pain, no matter how it manifests itself:

Gas Pain Relief

This article applies more specifically to the times when you know that your IBS pain is being caused by excessive gas:

IBS Self Care by Predominant Symptom

IBS can be classified into three separate sub-types: constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C), diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), and alternating type irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-A). Although all three share the common symptom of abdominal pain, they differ in terms of the dysfunction in gut motility. Thus, the strategies that will be most helpful for you will depend on your predominant symptom.

Constipation Predominant

If you have IBS-C, your gut motility is too slow. You will want to be thinking about things that will help your system to move stool along more quickly. This article will inform you about some over-the-counter remedies that may be helpful, provide you with some dietary advice, and teach you a few self-care tricks:

Diarrhea Predominant

If you have IBS-D, your motility is too fast. Your aim here is to do things that will help your digestive system to calm down and function more smoothly. Here you will find an explanation of what is going wrong, as well as dietary recommendations and strategies for self-calming:

Alternating Bowel Symptoms

IBS-A may just be the most maddening form of the disorder. How can it be that your system can have crazy diarrhea one day and then not have another bowel movement for days? Or you have weeks where you are dealing with diarrhea episodes, followed by weeks where nothing is moving.

You can't find any rhyme or reason behind the fact that your system malfunctions in both ways. The goal with IBS-A is to work toward helping your body to not swing between the two extremes. This article offers you some self-care tips, dietary advice, and supplement recommendations that can be helpful for this odd combination of constipation and diarrhea: