An occasional upset stomach is normal, but if you’re always struggling with unwanted gastrointestinal symptoms, you might be dealing with more than just a stomach ache. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that causes abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
IBS can affect the quality of your life, but you don’t have to manage it alone. Eric Ibegbu, MD, and our team at Atlantic Medical Group suggest that you come see us if you suffer from chronic GI symptoms. Not only can we diagnose IBS, but we can help you get the relief you deserve.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about IBS and stomach aches.
How is IBS treated?
At Atlanta Medical Group, we know you want relief. There are many medications helpful for treating IBS. Those include antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, and even antidepressants. But there are also lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your stomach aches.
Avoid your triggers
When you have IBS, certain triggers can cause a flare-up. Triggers can include:
- Skipping meals
- Emotional stress
- Eating spicy foods
- Eating greasy foods
It may be helpful to log your symptoms in a diary to help pinpoint your triggers. Once you know your triggers, it’s easier to avoid or manage them.
Because stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health, include plenty of stress management techniques in your day. These can include:
- Regular exercise
- Deep breathing exercises
- Relaxing music
You can also spend time on your favorite hobbies, like reading or drawing.
Practice gut-friendly habits
Whether you have IBS or not, it’s important to take care of your gut health. Drink plenty of water each day, aiming for at least eight 8-ounce glasses. In addition, follow a well-balanced diet that consists of:
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean protein
Alcohol, sugar-rich foods, and dairy can exacerbate stomach aches, so avoid these if possible. Depending on your needs, we may suggest a fiber supplement.
Get help when you need help
If you avoid your triggers and eat a well-balanced diet but still suffer from stomach aches, we can help. At Atlanta Medical Group, Dr. Ibegbu is here to guide you with your next steps. We are located in Kinston and Jacksonville, North Carolina.
To learn more about IBS and your treatment options, call the location of your choice today. We also accept remote appointments via TeleHealth.