There are many amazing IBS treatment options available that can provide help your symptoms including drugs, probiotics, diets, natural remedies and much more.
You'll hear many claims that "this or that therapy" will settle you down, but what can you believe and can they really make a difference to you?
Well, to try and put some perspective on all this, I'm going to take you through the many options available.
Assuming that you have looked at your diet and still don't feel better, what sort of IBS treatment do you need that can help?
Clearly you need one that .....
Of course, It is not always possible to find a therapy that ticks all those boxes, but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't be effective for YOU!
So, before I go through the options with you, just out of interest, why tick the boxes that apply to you and compare your answers with other visitors results.
Alternative or complimentary therapies such as homeopathic medicines where you are treating like with like is a popular option for some people, although is not without controversy due to the lack of evidence available for its use.
The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is another alternative therapy you might like to explore.
For medical options, doctors will often recommend medications such as Amitriptyline when symptoms are not controlled with diet and lifestyle changes.
Finally, we know there is a connection between the mind and the bowel. Exploring psychology can be very beneficial and NICE (National Institute For Health And Care Excellence) also recommends cognitive behavioural therapy as an effective way of dealing with your symptoms.
Take a look at my patient information sheet which provides some useful guidance. You can also download it, to keep and use as a reference.
You might also like to look at a section specifically aimed at women. We know that some sufferers worry about their irritable bowel syndrome affecting their birth control and this provides guidance for you.