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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Testing and Treatments Available to You

If you are living with IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, then you may be looking for ways to ease it. This illness is painful and can cause a number of issues including fatigue, dehydration, and ongoing gut and intestinal pain. Unfortunately, many people who live with IBS do not know about the many treatments available. Here are some of the treatments and what you should know about each option. 

Colonoscopy Testing

One way that physicians try to narrow down triggers for your IBS, as well as possible treatments available, is to order a colonoscopy test. This may start with an at-home screening that looks for blood traces in the stool. Once this is done your doctor may move on to the actual colonoscopy test. This will let them know if you have cancer issues, possible blockages, or if it is just a case of IBS that is not related to a more concerning health problem. 

Lactose Testing

Sometimes you may be having IBS issues due to a food allergy. Food allergies do not always present as rashes or vomiting. Sometimes the allergies can build up and cause severe internal issues. One of the food triggers that can cause this, and ultimately lead to IBS, is a lactose allergy. Your doctor may decide to give you lactose testing to check for intolerance and what the lactose may be doing to you. If it is found you have lactose intolerance, you will be asked to remove lactose from your diet, usually in the forms of milk and other forms of dairy. You will then be monitored to determine if there are any positive changes. If there are, you will need to remove these foods permanently. 

Basic Treatments

Your doctor may decide to go with basic treatments first. This means removing known trigger foods such as dairy. You will be asked to increase your fiber intake, water intake, and add exercise to your daily routine. Walking or doing yoga can be a great help to your IBS and the pain it is causing. Sleep may also be mentioned as a possible issue, so you may be asked to go on a reasonable sleep routine. If none of these work, medications such as Lotronex and Xifaxan may be prescribed. 

These treatments are available from your physician. Some may require a referral to a gastro physician. Keep in mind, one of the leading ways you can help your doctor find the right treatment for you is to keep a log. Log how many times you are going to the bathroom, if you are experiencing pain, and what you are eating. Also, keep track of your walks or any exercise since this is usually the first thing you will be asked to do since it can reduce pain and discomfort from IBS. 

For more information about IBS treatment, contact a local doctor.