Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common related conditions to interstitial cystitis. It falls within IC Subtype 5: Central Sensitization Syndrome where patients often struggle with other neurologically driven pain conditions. Many IC/BPS patients struggle with IBS symptoms including excessive gas, bloating, pelvic pain, diarrhea, constipation and/or a combination of the both.

Multiple diet protocols exist to help with these symptoms...the most recent originating in research conducted in 2005 by researchers at Monash University in Australia.  This research focused on types of carbohydrates that could create these symptoms and resulted in a 74% improvement in symptoms by the research participants.  The acronym that the researchers used is "FODMAP"...which focuses on fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. They have created a great iPhone app that helps during the exclusion diet phase also called FODMAP. Once symptoms have calmed...it is important to go through the reintroduction process...to determine the exact foods that exacerbate ones symptoms.  More information can be found on the Monash University website:  Low FODMAP Diet Resources from Monash University .

Also highly regarded in the IBS world....Heather Van Vorous is an IBS patient who wrote a best selling book on IBS: 'First Year: IBS'. Her product line 'Heathers Tummy Care' are simple, affordable and remarkably helpful.  You can read Heather's Lecture from the 2006 IC & PBS On-line Patient Conference : "Irritable Bowel Syndrome and IC: Practical Suggestions To Help IC/IBS Patients Manage Their Bowel Symptoms" .

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