According to Healthline, there are some common signs and symptoms of IBS.
- Abdominal Cramping. This pain usually occurs in the lower abdomen or the entire abdomen but is less likely to be in the upper abdomen alone. Pain typically decreases following a bowel movement (4).
- Diarrhea. Diarrhea-predominant IBS is one of the three main types of the disorder. It affects roughly one-third of patients with IBS (7).
- Constipation. Constipation in IBS also often causes a sensation of an incomplete bowel movement. This leads to unnecessary straining (13).
- Changes in Bowel Movement. Slow-moving stool in the intestine often becomes dehydrated as the intestine absorbs water. In turn, this creates hard stool, which can exacerbate symptoms of constipation (16).
- Gas and Bloating. Altered digestion in IBS leads to more gas production in the gut. This can cause bloating, which is uncomfortable (18).
- Food Intolerance. Up to 70% of individuals with IBS report that particular foods trigger symptoms (23). Apparently, it’s still unclear why food intolerances are a symptom, but we believe it’s more to do with the inefficient digestive enzymes.
Finding a way to manage symptoms can help you to cope with IBS. Understanding your food intolerances, you don’t need to have an intolerance test for this, is important. We will share with you on our treatment page how you can do this without spending a fortune on these nonsense tests.
Management of stress is incredibly important. Stress is often over-looked with gut health related conditions, but the connection between the brain and the gut is enough to let us know that its important to find a way to control your stress and your gut will thank you for it.
If pain is severe, then take a pain killer. That’s what they are there for. If you are not keen on taking pain killers, then finding ways to control your pain through methods such medication, listening to calm music or joining a relaxation group.