Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Test, Symptoms, Diet, and Treatments

Question:

What prevention measures do you use to avoid getting IBS? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Gma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

My doctor suggested one half of Imodium pill daily to avoid getting IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It works, such an easy remedy! Wish I had tried this many years ago. I can actually eat a meal and not have to immediately go to the restroom. Please try it!

Comment from: MickieD, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

The only preventative measure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) I take is to eat limited amounts of raw vegetables and fruits. For example, if I have been having flare ups I will try to eat cooked vegetables and limit fruit consumption. I also always carry Imodium and my Bentyl in my purse for emergencies. While I am in the middle of a flare up I eat bananas and oatmeal or cereal until my gut calms down.

Comment from: dorda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I have heard of peppermint oil to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Patient Comments & Reviews

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Diagnosis

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  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Symptoms

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  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Experience

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  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Foods to Avoid

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  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Medications

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Camilleri, M. "Current and future pharmacological treatments for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome." Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 2013. 14 (9), 1151-1160.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders."
<http://www.ccfa.org/resources/ibs-and-ibd-two-very.html>

Jeffrey S. Hyams, M.D. Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children. National Institutes of Health. Jun 25, 2014.
<http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/ibs-in-children/Pages/facts.aspx\>

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. "IBS Diet: Cramping and Diarrhea." Jun 14, 2016.
<http://www.aboutibs.org/ibs-diet/cramping-and-diarrhea.html>

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. "IBS in the Real World." Jul 26, 2016.
<http://www.aboutibs.org/ibs-with-diarrhea.html>

National Cancer Institute. "What are cruciferous vegetables?" Jun 07, 2012.
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