Dealing With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) at Work
Consider Treatment to Prevent IBS
Once IBS symptoms do flare up at work, little can be done except to bear through the discomfort and pain. Deep breathing and walking around may help during episodes of pain.
But experts say the best way to deal with IBS at work is to try to prevent symptoms.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine to prevent IBS symptoms. Some drugs may take a few weeks to take full effect.
Jacks suggests regular exercise. "Working out on a regular basis releases tension," she says. Also, she notes that physical activity can help tone intestine muscles.
Roberts recommends behavioral therapy for IBS, which could include hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and relaxation techniques.
Other strategies that can help prevent flare-ups of IBS symptoms at work include:
Talk with a doctor about which IBS prevention and treatment strategies may work best for you.