About 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that causes abdominal pain and problems like diarrhea or constipation.
There are five main treatment options for IBS-C (IBS with constipation):
Diet: The Food and Drug Administration recommends women consume 25 grams of fiber daily and men consume 38 grams.
Laxatives: “You need to be careful when taking laxatives,” says Wilfred Lee, MD, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “They can help relieve constipation, but you should not take them for a long period of time.”
Fiber supplements: Remember to include wheat bran, corn fiber and Metamucil.
Stress management: IBS can become worse when under stress.
Prescription medications: Options include antispasmodic drugs that relieve stomach cramps, antidepressants at low dosages and drugs that help relieve constipation.
To make an appointment with Lee, call 573-331-3000.