IBS Pain After Bowel Movement
Some people experience IBS pain after bowel movement, but for most people, pain is relieved by moving the bowels. In fact, many symptoms of irritable bowel disease are temporarily relieved after a bowel movement. Abdominal pain especially seems to improve after a bowel movement, though pain can increase instead. However, in addition to abdominal pain, rectal pain can be caused by constipation or by diarrhea.
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a disorder in which the bowel does not function properly. Symptoms of irritable bowel disease include stomach pain and cramping, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. Symptoms may also include a worsening of IBS pain after bowel movement and a feeling that the bowel has not been completely emptied.
Doctors are not really sure what causes IBS, but there are a number of ways to both prevent and treat it. Let's look at prevention first.
There are ways to prevent the symptoms of irritable bowel disease. One of the best ways is through diet. People with irritable bowel syndrome should avoid or limit a number of foods in their diet, including dairy products (except for yogurt), fried or fatty foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, and alcohol.
Certain foods can help to prevent symptoms of irritable bowel disease. For instance, people with IBS should eat plenty of fiber, found in fresh fruits and vegetables and whole-grain breads. Fiber will help to prevent or relieve constipation. Increased fiber should be added to the diet slowly over time, however, so that it doesn't cause bloating and gas.
In some cases yogurt may be helpful for people with IBS. It can help restore the balance of "good" bacteria in the bowel.
People with irritable bowel disease should also drink plenty of water. This helps prevent constipation, which contributes to IBS pain after bowel movement. It also helps prevent dehydration from diarrhea.
Now let's look at treatment.
Stool softeners are often recommended for people with IBS. These make the stool softer and easier to pass, thereby reducing some of the IBS pain after bowel movement.
Anti-spasmodic medications are prescribed to stop the colon spasms that cause diarrhea. The problem with these medications is that they can lead to constipation, and in that way can even make symptoms of irritable bowel disease worse.
Anti-depressant medications such as Zoloft are sometimes prescribed as well. Anti-depressants can be effective but can have a lot of side effects, including drowsiness, upset stomach and anxiety. Anti-depressants may also cause constipation.
Over-the-counter medications may also be used, but should be used only under the supervision of a doctor. They can have side effects too, and are also habit-forming and not safe to use long-term.
Because of the side effects and concerns about drugs being habit-forming, alternative treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and IBS pain after bowel movement are often recommended. All-natural products don't have the side effects of traditional medications and are not habit-forming. Many people also find that they work better than other medications.
You should see a doctor if you have IBS pain after bowel movement or if symptoms of irritable bowel disease persist for two weeks or more.
Note that blood in the stool is not one of the symptoms of irritable bowel disease. If you have blood in your stool, you should see your doctor right away.
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