The Truths Of IBS and Hospital Trips
IBS and hospital trips are a regular reality for some, but not for others. Why is this?
As someone who has had IBS for nine years, I’ve only been hospitalized for IBS symptoms spiraling out of control once.
But some people I know with IBS are in and out of the hospital often.
Just that one visit and the time leading up to it for me was traumatizing, I was all alone.
I was very lucky that my parents were able to meet me at the hospital not long after I arrived.
Being in the ER alone is the scariest thought.
I can’t imagine reliving this same fate regularly.
Why The Hospital?
Every person with IBS experiences it slightly different.
There are tons of symptoms you could experience and they differ from person to person.
While I have horrible distention and bloating daily, someone else may feel cramping daily.
Not every person with IBS will wind up in the hospital based on symptoms from the illness.
A lot of times, IBS patients end up in the hospital because they don’t know how to properly manage symptoms at home.
For example, A person with IBS doesn’t always know that during a flare up you need to change your diet.
If someone continues to eat the same trigger food during a flare up of course it will only get worse.
On top of this idea, there are other complications that can stem from IBS.
A huge reason I was in the hospital for my IBS was dehydration.
The dehydration was due to me not having any desire to eat or drink during a very bad flare up.
My dehydration made everything worse.
Controlling Severe IBS Pain and Other Symptoms
Obviously, if it’s an emergency go to the hospital.
But here are some tips on keeping symptoms under control so you won’t be mixing IBS and hospital visits together.
The number one tip is to talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about symptom-control.
I did a lot of research over the span of years on treating my IBS symptoms.
My doctor had no problem with any of the home treatment ideas I brought up, but speak with your doctor before trying something new.
IBS cramps are the worst and I’ve even seen people go as far as comparing their cramps to when they gave birth!
I can’t confirm this, but I can say they’re one of the most painful things I’ve experienced.
It can be really difficult to stop IBS cramping, especially if you don’t know how.
The pain can be so great that many treatments won’t even touch the pain!
My favorite ways of reducing or getting rid of IBS cramps are hot water bottles, peppermint and herbal teas.
I prefer to stick to natural remedies when possible, they’re just better for my body overall, especially if taken long term.
I admit that I take a medication daily for IBS and it helps, but it will not help during a flare up.
Minimizing Trapped Air
Trapped air can be a problem with IBS, and too much air can actually cause a lot of pain!
The pains are very sharp and constant.
I like to take a gas reliever pill as well as taking a good probiotic regularly.
Regulating Bowel Habits
IBS causes complete chaos in the GI tract, I won’t go too much into detail.
Most of us know exactly what that means.
But regulating bowel movements is key here.
This can be done by reducing stress and having a healthy gut.
I recommend probiotics and digestive enzymes along with minimizing any stress in your life.
Stress is known to make IBS worse!
Stay Nourished and Hydrated
It’s important to figure out your triggers from the get go!
The quicker you do this, the less you’ll have to worry about flare ups in the future.
A flare up can cause someone to become malnourished and severely dehydrated, two very serious problems that in a worst case scenario could cause death.
I’m not trying to scare you, but I want to emphasize the importance of drinking plenty of fluids even during a flare up and getting nutrients through food.
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