What is your next step when diagnosed with either IBS or IBD??
In my previous blog post, ‘A Physician’s Take on IBS Versus IBD,’ the dramatic differences between these conditions were outlined and can be viewed HERE.
After your evaluation and diagnosis findings by a professional care provider, a treatment plan can seem daunting. Fortunately, both IBS and IBD treatments have benefitted from many years of experience, and rigorous research backs the steps needed for your success.
IBD inflammation needs to be treated with specific anti-inflammatory medications or sometimes even stronger medications that decrease the autoimmune response. Sometimes this involves pill medications and sometimes IV infused medications. You need to be monitored over time to make sure your treatment is adequate to completely heal and also prevent future inflammation. You need to have more frequent monitoring due to an increased risk of colon cancer.
IBS treatment revolves around symptom management with the goal of preventing symptoms so that you can have a more discomfort free day as well as helping symptoms dissipate quickly when they occur. This can involve bowel movement regulating agents such as fiber, dietary changes such as a low FODMAPS diet, and other medications such as anti-spasm treatment and some that work directly on the intestinal tract to either increase or decrease movement based on your symptoms.
Unmanaged IBS and IBD symptoms can impact your quality of life. Both conditions can be managed very effectively if you address your symptoms, obtain appropriate diagnosis and follow a healing treatment plan. If you feel you are experiencing any IBS issues or IBD warning signs please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will be happy to partner with you and look forward to helping you along the path to better health.