TIPS FROM Montefiore Nyack Hospital
 

irritable bowel syndrome

understanding and managing ibs

35 MILLION PEOPLE are affected by IBS on average, in the U.S.

 

common
symptoms

abdominal pain & cramping
abdominal pain
and cramping
Bloating
bloating
Gas
gas
Gas
diarrhea
Gas
constipation
 
Remember Each person
may experience the
symptoms of IBS differently.
You may exhibit one, all, or
a combination of symptoms.
WOMEN May experience more severe symptoms
of IBS during their menstrual cycle.
AVOID Spicy, fatty, or greasy foods
as well as alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and stress. They may trigger and affect the severity
of IBS symptoms.
 
the cause of IBS
is unknown
IBS does not cause permanent harm, but it’s important
to see your doctor to rule out a more serious condition
such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease.

treat
and
manage

assess your diet

Record what you eat and how much to determine which foods trigger symptoms.

TRY Adjusting the amount you eat.
Consume smaller portions more frequently.
TRY Consuming the right about of fiber.
It can ease constipation, but be careful;
too much can cause diarrhea.
Symptom Tracker
ALLEVIATE STRESS

A healthy mind is vital for healthy body function. Regular exercise and relaxation can help.

TRY Yoga. It blends meditation
with movement.
TRY Counseling. Talk to someone
who will help you to manage life’s
stress and cope with having IBS.
 
Sources: Howard Feldfogel, DO, Clarkstown Medical Associates of Highland Medical, P.C., and Director of Department of Medicine at Montefiore Nyack Hospital; International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, aboutibs.org; American Gastroenterological Association, gastro.org.