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Natural Remedies for IBS
If you experience symptoms like severe cramping, recurrent diarrhea or constipation that come on without warning you may be suffering from a condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). And you're not alone. It's estimated that up to 20% of all Americans will experience IBS at some time in their lives. Doctors don't fully understand IBS just yet but they believe that at least part of the problem lies in how the nerves and muscles in the large intestine exchange information with one another. IBS affects each person differently. Some people experience several symptoms at once while others are bothered mostly by diarrhea or constipation. Some of the most common symptoms of IBS include:
To determine if your symptoms are caused by IBS or something else, your doctor will take an inventory of your symptoms and perform a physical examination. He may test your blood sugar levels and run tests to rule out parasites. If he finds that you do, indeed, have IBS he may prescribe either Lotronex, if you have diarrhea-based symptoms, or Zelnorm, if you have constipation-based symptoms. You may find that minor changes in your diet and lifestyle help, too. Natural approaches to IBS include:
IBS is inconvenient, embarrassing and painful but it can be managed with proper medical care and a little bit of good information.
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