Our expert says:
I am so sorry to hear that you are having such problems with your IBS. Did the dr prescribe any medications such as antispasmodics? if so, then please use the medication as prescribed. If not, please contact the dr again and ask him/her to provide you with some medication to assist you to when you get so bloated. Fybogel is good because it helps for the constipation and is not a harsh laxative that can damage your bowel movements. I would like to recommend that you also consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) to help you with an individual diet prescription for your IBS and your very low weight. Your present BMI = 19,5 which is in the underweight range. The dietitian will have to determine if you are perhaps intolerant to wheat bran and that instead of helping your IBS it causes even further bloating. One of the most significant factors in IBS, is stress. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension. You may also benefit from probiotics ("good" microorganisms) such as Bifidoflora which is available at health shops. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Food as medicine" and read the articles under 'Healthy colon'.
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