IBS-A is the commonest form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with symptoms of alternating constipation and diarrhea.
It is also one of the most extraordinary combinations in illness when you think about it, I mean constipation and diarrhea!!!
Whilst one form usually predominates over the other, having both makes it a bit of a lose-lose situation or is it?.
It is definitely the hardest to treat, but treat you can and I'm going to show you how...
When TREATING your alternating symptoms, it's important to take a holistic approach to it.
This involves things you can do yourself as well as medications your doctor can give you - the latter only if really necessary.
I know i've said it before, but I'm going to say it again, the biggest thing you can do is pay attention to the foods you eat.
In alternating Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I would advise a high fiber diet to start, but if this is ineffective, then look at an exclusion diet. You can read more about this in the diet section of the website.
The soluble fibers such as:
- are all useful to have in this condition and I would recommend them to you - you can find information about them in the digestive health section.
If changes in food fail to improve your symptoms after a few months, you can look at other options. One combination I'm keen on is calcium and magnesium in alternating constipation and diarrhea.
You can take a look at the Calcium/Magnesium pages in the digestive health section and take separate preparations or as a combination product.
It really depends on whether your diarrhea predominates or whether constipation is the leader as to how you take this.