IBS Pain ReliefThere is no single treatment for IBS pain, nor is there a single treatment that works for the other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.  A variety of treatments have been shown to have side effects, which can occur with any individual.  Be sure to ask your doctor about getting something to deal with your IBS pain.

IBS Pain Relief

Treatment Options

Some things you can try include cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, or relaxation therapy.  You can also try hypnotherapy and cognitive therapy together.  These are more effective than most other treatments for IBS but do not directly deal with the IBS pain.  There aren’t any side effects with these treatments. On the other hand, their mechanism of action is still not clear.

Anticholinergic medications, such as peppermint oil preparations, pinaverium, cimetropium, and hyoscine are taken before you eat. They may result in a short term decrease in your abdominal pain after you eat.  Peppermint capsules must be swallowed completely because the raw oil can result in extreme heartburn.

You can use probiotics that are based on certain combinations of probiotics and bifidobacteria.  They have been found to benefit people with IBS pain.  You can try to sleep more often by using better sleep hygiene techniques.  Patients with chronic pain often report that insomnia is one of their most common symptoms.

There are prescription drugs that will work to decrease your overall symptoms, including stomach pain.  For IBS with diarrhea, you can use eluxadoline or alosetron. For IBS with constipation, you can be prescribed linaclotide and lubiprostone. For severe irritable bowel syndrome, you can take antidepressants in low doses.  While it seems silly to take an antidepressant for pain, certain prescription antidepressants do help decrease pain and can provide IBS pain relief.

Exercise is a good method of treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.  It can relieve the depression, anxiety, and stress, particularly when they are done consistently.  If you aren’t used to exercising, try to start slowly and build your way up to exercising 150 minutes per day.  That is about thirty minutes daily for up to five days per week.

Fiber may or may not help IBS victims.  It helps to lessen some of the symptoms, including constipation; however, it can actually make other symptoms worse, such as gas and cramping.  Even so, foods high in fiber, such as beans, vegetables, and fruits are recommended as a way to treat IBS if taken slowly over several weeks.  In certain cases, your doctor may tell you to take a fiber supplement rather than getting all your fiber through your diet.  Something like Metamucil is a good choice. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, foods with psyllium in them can help better with the symptoms of IBS when compared to foods that contain bran.

You should try to reduce your intake of dairy products. Some people with IBS are actually lactose intolerant.  You can try eating yogurt rather than milk for your dairy intake.  You can also take lactase, which is an enzyme that helps people digest lactose-containing foods completely.  If your doctor makes the recommendation that you should avoid dairy products altogether, you’ll need to get your dairy form other sources.

Consult your doctor if you suffer from IBS before starting any treatment.