Understanding the Different Types of IBS

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Understanding the Different Types of IBS

23 May 2022
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Do you suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea? If so, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects millions of people. There are different types of IBS, and each one can cause different symptoms. This article discusses the symptoms and treatment options for each type of IBS.

Constipation-Predominant (IBS-C)

People with IBS-C have hard, difficult-to-pass, or infrequent stools. They may also experience bloating, abdominal pain and gas.

For some patients, making dietary changes (such as increasing fibre intake) could help manage these symptoms. Fibre supplements can also soften the stool and make it easier to pass. If you have IBS-C, avoid dairy products and foods high in fat. Fat tends to slow down digestion, which can make constipation worse.

Besides diet changes, your doctor may also recommend prescription medications to help with constipation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove blockages in the intestines.

Diarrhea-Predominant (IBS-D)

IBS-D could cause abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea. The symptoms tend to come and go and can be triggered by certain foods or stress.

Dietary changes are often recommended as the first line of treatment. You may need to avoid trigger foods, eat small meals more frequently and increase fibre intake. If dietary changes do not adequately relieve symptoms, medication may be prescribed.

Medications commonly used to treat IBS-D include antispasmodics, antidepressants and anti-diarrhea medications. In some cases, psychotherapy may also be recommended to help address any psychological factors contributing to symptoms.

With treatment, most people with IBS-D can live relatively normal lives.

Mixed IBS (IBS-M)

Mixed IBS (IBS-M) is a type of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) characterised by constipation and diarrhea. People with IBS-M often alternate between periods of constipation and diarrhea, or they may experience both at the same time.

The symptoms of IBS-M can vary from person to person. But most people experience abdominal pain, bloating, gas and changes in bowel habits. Symptoms of IBS can range from mild to severe and can often be managed with dietary changes and medication.

In some cases, however, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. For example, patients with IBS-M may benefit from a low FODMAP diet, eliminating certain carbohydrates that can trigger symptoms.

Medications can also be used to help relieve symptoms but should only be considered as a last resort. Ultimately, the best way to treat Mixed IBS is to work closely with a gastroenterologist to develop a personalized treatment plan.

For more information about IBS treatment solutions, contact a local clinic.