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Living With IBS

Woman with abdominal pain.

There is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). However, many people are able to control their symptoms with effective stress management and small lifestyle changes. Treatment tends to focus on managing the condition by reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

IBS symptoms can be alleviated by changing things in your life that you have control over. Some of those changes include:

  • Mitigating stress:
    Increased stress can play a big part in the onset or worsening of IBS symptoms. Proper rest and exercise can help reduce stress levels and positively influence IBS. Learning more about the disorder, communicating effectively with your doctor, and taking a proactive role in your self-care can reduce that stress.
  • Increasing fiber intake:
    Incorporating more fiber in your diet can help reduce constipation. The best approach is to gradually increase the amount of fiber in your diet over a period of weeks.
  • Changing your diet:
    If certain foods make symptoms worse, don't eat them. If abdominal discomfort or pain occurs after eating, it may help to eat smaller and more frequent meals. Keeping a food diary can also help you keep track of foods that may cause more problems than others.

Drexel Gastroenterology

Drexel Gastroenterology expertly treats patients with digestive health disorders. Our regionally and nationally recognized experts work with your primary care physician to ensure the highest standard of care. Our patients have access to Drexel Medicine's Center for Digestive Health, which has been recognized for quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and provides outpatient colonoscopies in a comfortable setting.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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