What Is The Best Treatment For IBS? Most Relief?
I’m sure that doctors often get the question “what is the best treatment for IBS?” from their patients on the regular.
Doctors will be baffled by this question, you can try and switch doctors all you want, but none of them will know the answer.
This isn’t what anyone WANTS to hear, but this is the reality of the situation.
IBS is like a big fat mystery novel without an ending, the mystery continues indefinitely.
Everyone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome responds differently to the illness.
Symptoms, triggers, and everything in between, all of that would depend on the person.
There Are Some Treatments Better Than Others
There are certain treatment options that a large amount of people with IBS respond to better than some other options.
While each individual’s treatment plan will vary, there are some go-to remedies if you have IBS (depending on the type of IBS).
Top 5 Treatment Options
1. Prescriptions From Your Doctor
You may need to see a GI specialist in order to get certain prescriptions, a primary care doctor can only do so much.
While I’m not a big fan of any medications, I realize that in some cases they’re necessary and I, myself, do need to take a medication for my IBS.
There are a number of drugs that doctors can prescribe for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that help with a range of symptoms.
As always, with any change and for prescriptions, consult a doctor first.
Diet changes often improve IBS symptoms.
When doctors get asked what is the best treatment for IBS, I think diet comes to mind for many.
A good diet will go a long way for you.
The best first step to take is to determine and then avoid any and all trigger foods.
Maintaining a healthy diet that pairs well with either your IBS-C, IBS-D or combination IBS will be helpful.
A great starting place would be the low FODMAPs diet for IBS, a two phase temporary diet change.
For IBS-D, try giving the Ketogenic diet for IBS a go, everyone is raving about it!
Below are books on both diets, these are the best book resources I’ve found on each:
3. Reduce Stress/Anxiety
What is the best treatment for IBS? In my opinion, reducing stress and anxiety is key!
Stress will make your IBS 100 percent worse.
We now know that there is a major connection between the brain and gut that could explain IBS in the near future.
Reducing stress and/or anxiety in your life may require a prescription, or maybe not.
There are tons of over-the-counter and natural remedies for anxiety.
I love hot baths, essential oils, putting together puzzles, exercising and talking it out with someone I trust to reduce my anxiety.
4. Herbal Teas For IBS
I’ve always kept herbal tea on hand from the beginning.
Teas like ginger, fennel and peppermint can reduce many of the rough symptoms we face daily.
Peppermint is awesome for cramps, ginger is great for upset stomach and fennel helps with bloating.
5. Hot Water Bottle/Heating Pad
Hot water bottles have saved me from so much pain and discomfort whether at home or even on vacation.
I take my bottle on every trip, it can lay flat, so it takes up no room in my suitcase.
I prefer a water bottle over a heating pad because you don’t have to worry about cords or fire hazards.
You can take a hot water bottle to bed with you, whereas a heating pad is not safe to use while sleeping, unless it’s cordless.
I do have one heating pad I highly recommend that would also be easy to travel with and take to bed, the Snuggle Safe pet bed heating pad.
I know, I know, this isn’t for your pets, it works for us humans too.
This particular heating pad gets placed in the microwave to heat it, then it lasts for up to ten hours!! Amazing!
And of course, I’ll never stop recommending the Fashy hot water bottles, I use mine constantly and I love it!
Easily the best purchase I’ve made.