It's not easy to find the right diet
when you have irritable
bowel syndrome (IBS). Eating certain foods can cause major discomfort
for people with IBS, but figuring out which foods cause the symptoms is a
highly individual process.
WebMD consulted gastrointestinal nutrition expert Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, author of
IBS -- Free at Last!, for answers to your questions about diet and
irritable bowel syndrome.
If none of the symptoms listed above is present, try to
rule out other causes of abdominal problems, such as eating a new food; eating
sugar-rich foods, especially milk products; eating foods containing sorbitol or
other artificial sweeteners; nervousness; or stomachflu. Try home treatment
for 1 or 2 weeks. If your symptoms don't get better or if they get worse, call
your health professional.
An occasional case of upset stomach,
diarrhea, or constipation is common, especially during stressful times.
Symptoms of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that come on quickly
and that go away on their own are more likely to be caused by stomach flu or
food poisoning, especially if other people around you are also sick.