Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition involving abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation that is thought to be caused by stress, depression, anxiety, or other issues with the digestive tract. IBS can usually be classified into 1 of 3 groups: IBS-M, IBS-D, and IBS-C. In this post, I will be talking about IBS-C, which entails IBS with constipation (pooping less than 3 times per week).
According to the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, IBS affects 7-21% of the general population. (1) IBS-C has affected a vast majority of that population and has been linked to a previous gut infection. It is also thought to be from changes in the functioning of the intestines, the changes in the bacteria balance in the gut or the communication between the stomach and the brain. (1,2)
It is common to have discomfort, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel function if you have IBS-C. If you feel like there is a “blockage” somewhere in your digestive tract.
A squatty potty just might do the trick. It helps the pelvis be in a position, to relieve the pressure of the abdominal contents while you are attempting to eliminate, and “open it up.” Abdominal pain may subside after you poop (Or after YOU take the Browns to Superbowl LIV, but that would be too long). Increasing the amount of fiber, specifically soluble, may help.
It may be a good idea to keep a food journal and see what may cause the symptoms, along with working with a dietitian. Exercise, especially running/jogging, may help as it creates movement in the core so that your bowel can be assisted in eliminating your waste.
To be diagnosed you may need a physical exam and medical history report. There is currently no cure. Treatment is geared towards reducing symptoms.
(Always talk to your doctor before changing your diet, supplementing, or if you are having any symptoms of IBS-C.)
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