What does an IBS flare feel like?
The main symptoms of IBS are belly pain along with a change in bowel habits. This can include constipation, diarrhea, or both. You may get cramps in your belly or feel like your bowel movement isn’t finished. Many people who have it feel gassy and notice that their abdomen is bloated.
How long do IBS attacks last?
The symptoms of IBS are usually worse after eating. Most people will experience a ‘flare-up’ of symptoms, lasting between 2-4 days, after which the symptoms improve, or disappear altogether.
How do you calm an IBS flare up?
Here are five steps you can take to avoid triggers, prevent symptom flare-ups, and cope with IBS.
- Alter your diet. Making simple changes to your diet can often provide relief from your IBS symptoms.
- Increase physical activity.
- Reduce stress.
- Try IBS medications.
- Consider psychological interventions.
What triggers an IBS attack?
The cause is unknown, but environmental factors – such as changes of routine, emotional stress, infection and diet – can trigger an attack. Treatment options include careful changes to diet over a period of time, laxatives or antidiarrhoea medication, and antispasmodics.