OBGYN Idaho Falls - Patient Education Article.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Woman in Idaho Falls with abdominal pain, perhaps irritable bowel syndrome.Irritable bowel syndrome is defined as an abnormal stooling pattern associated with symptoms in intestinal dysfunction that persists for longer than 3 months.

The symptoms usually vary between spastic constipation and “nervous” diarrhea. The cause is unknown, but dietary intolerance is listed among the possibilities. Attacks are often associated with emotional upsets or a prolonged period of stress.

Dietary strategy is to provide optimal nutrition and regular bowel motility, which means eating a variety of foods from the Food Guide Pyramid and gradually increasing dietary fiber to 20-30 grams per day.

When fiber is increased in the diet it is also necessary to make sure to get 8-10 8 oz. glasses of water per day.