IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a miserable, and sometimes life altering condition. Characterized by gas, bloating, and either diarrhea or constipation, IBS symptoms can range from uncomfortable to devastating, with some sufferers unable to leave their homes for fear of being unable to reach a bathroom in time.
We are unsure of what causes IBS but we do know that stress and certain foods can trigger an increase in the symptoms. In fact, your very way of life may be a trigger. Let’s look at a few IBS triggers:
- Carbonated Beverages
- Fatty Foods
- Raw Vegetables
- Insoluble Fiber – includes bran and other fibers found in cereals
- Sweeteners – natural and artificial
- Hormone Changes
So, grabbing a coffee and a bran muffin on your way to the office may end up derailing your morning. A diet coke and a salad for lunch? Not if you are one of the millions of women suffering with IBS.
Controlling your symptoms starts with a diagnosis. Use a simple food diary and make note of any intestinal reactions to the food; this diary will help your gastroenterologist begin the process of diagnosing IBS. Call or use this form to make an appointment with one of our specialists at Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group; with several offices in the area, there is one near you.