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Can IBS be cured?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. 

It is characterised by symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea. 

IBS can greatly impact an individual's quality of life and daily activities, but can it be cured?

There is currently no known ‘cure’ for IBS, however, you can gain a significant amount of symptom relief through guided dietary changes to induce almost full symptom relief in some individuals. 

First and foremost, it is important to work with a healthcare provider to properly diagnose IBS. This may involve a physical exam and possibly some diagnostic tests to rule out other conditions.

Once a diagnosis of IBS has been made, treatment options can include the following.

Seeing a specialist Dietitian

As a certified Dietitian with extensive experience in treating IBS symptoms, I understand the frustration and challenges that come with this condition.

I offer personalised, holistic treatment plans that take into account your unique symptoms, medical history and personal struggles. I believe in addressing the physical symptoms but also the emotional and psychological aspects of the condition.

By addressing the root cause of your IBS, I can help you achieve long-term relief.

Visit @theibsprogram on Instagram for more information on how you can gain symptom relief today.

Changing your diet and lifestyle

A diet low in fermentable carbohydrates, also known as the low FODMAP diet, has been found to be effective in reducing IBS symptoms, in conjunction with other specialised changes to you and your symptoms.

Medications

Antispasmodics and laxatives may be prescribed to help alleviate abdominal pain and improve bowel movements.

Supplements

A tailored supplement plan is important for those with IBS, but should only be recommended by a professional that knows you and your situation.

Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of IBS as it helps individuals manage stress and anxiety which can trigger symptoms.

Treatment is individualised

It is also important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for IBS and what works for one person may not work for another. 

It may take some trial and error to find the best treatment plan for an individual with the help of your Dietitian.

It is also important to make lifestyle changes that can help reduce symptoms such as; eating regular meals, getting regular exercise, and practicing good sleep hygiene.

In summary, while there is currently no known cure for IBS, there are ways to manage and effectively alleviate symptoms. 

It is important to work with a healthcare provider and Dietitian to properly diagnose and find the best treatment plan for an individual.

Visit @theibsprogram on Instagram for more information on how you can gain symptom relief today.

If you need help undergoing the low FODMAP diet properly with support, or learning more about how to gain symptom relief in your situation, book an appointment with our Dietitian who specialises in IBS and the low FODMAP diet.

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