Maybe you feel like you’ve tried every trick in the book. Maybe you are just beginning your journey to managing your IBS-C symptoms. Either way, keep reading to learn about possible ways to treat your condition.
Making lifestyle changes may be the answer to feeling better. But when it is not enough and you’re tired of saying Oh My Gut!, make the choice to talk to a doctor, online or in the office, about treatment options.
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Diet and lifestyle changes: A doctor may recommend making changes to your diet and lifestyle to help manage your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, these changes may include:
Eating high-fiber foods like certain fruits, vegetables, bran flakes, and beans. Make sure you increase your fiber intake slowly so your digestive system can adjust.
Reducing stress through relaxation techniques and regular exercise like walking or yoga.
Drinking more water to stay hydrated. About 6-8 glasses a day is recommended.
Staying active with about 20-30 minutes of exercise a day.
Limiting certain foods like complex carbohydrates and fatty foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
Medication: Over-the-counter laxatives are approved to treat occasional constipation but are not intended for long-term relief. Your doctor may recommend prescription medications. Talk to a doctor about the best treatment plan for you.
 Brandt. "Systematic review on the management of chronic constipation in North America." Page S9. 2005.