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How can i treat irritable bowel syndrome ?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free.
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome can be difficult to treat and different methods work for different patients. Start by increasing the amount of water and or fiber in your diet. In times of constipation, some people will have a positive effect from stool softeners such as sennosides, docusate and magnesium hydroxide.

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A 24-year-old male asked:

Can exercise treat irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Ian Bach
Dr. Ian Bachanswered
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: One of the factors that increases the severity of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is stress. Exercise generally decreases stress for most people and thus may help with treating irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber (either natural or supplemental) typically helps as well as meditation and yoga. Some prescription medications do exist and work to varying degrees.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to treat irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
IBS: The goal is to relieve symptoms. Life style changes are important, such as regular exercises & improved sleep, avoid caffeine/tea/cola, increase fiber intake, avoid large meals, talk to your doctor about medications to relieve constipation or diarrhea or intestinal infections.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Provided original answer
With proper treatment, remission is likely.
Jan 14, 2013
CA
A 23-year-old female asked:

How does a gastroenterologist treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
IBS: IBS May be predominantly diarrhea episodes or primarily constipation but can be a mixture of both. Medication is available for those with persistent constipation. Dietary advice often consists of asking the patient to keep track of what foods cause symptoms such as salads,fruits,etc. In constipation problems emphasis is on adequate fiber and fluid intake.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What should I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free.
A 31-year-old female asked:

How do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Maybe not IBS: The key to your answer: what symptoms, duration of distress, & recent evaluation. If you are awakening from sleep due to pain, your symptoms don't come & go (are unchanging & ever present or are actually worsening), there's bleeding/fever then it is unlikely you have irritable bowel syndrome. In such a case, further evaluation is warranted rather than you just taking symptom-based medicine.

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