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Living With IBS

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you likely know all about the cramping, bloating, and uncomfortable bowel movements tha

Up to 15% of adults worldwide live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that causes digestive distress and sometimes debilitating pain. While doctors are not entirely sure what causes it, there are things you can do to ease symptoms.

With the help of integrative medical professional Kimberley Shine, MD, at Shine Health and Wellness, you can live comfortably with IBS. 

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s so common, in fact, that it’s the second-leading cause of absenteeism from work, with colds taking the top spot. Doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes IBS, but many believe that abnormal movements of the gastrointestinal tract, a breakdown in communication between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract, and poor gut health may be to blame.

 Some of the most common symptoms of IBS include

Symptoms can vary from individual to individual. For some sufferers, symptoms can go from excruciating to nonexistent. For other people, symptoms can be consistent. 

Strategies for managing IBS

Doctors and researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes IBS, but there are strategies they suggest that can help you manage the condition.

Lifestyle changes and home remedies

Many people with IBS can control their symptoms with lifestyle changes, which are often the first line of defense for IBS patients. They include the following:

Work with a professional

If you try the above strategies and your symptoms persist, you should discuss your condition with Dr. Shine, who is a digestive health specialist. After a comprehensive physical exam ― and lab testing if needed ― Dr. Shine can provide a range of IBS management strategies. They may include the following: 

With Dr. Shine’s gastrointestinal expertise and functional medicine experience, you can be on your way to feeling better. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Shine Health and Wellness today.

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