IBS with Chronic Constipation (IBS-C)?

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IBS has been classified into four main types depending on whether diarrhea is common, constipation is common, both are common, or neither occurs very often (IBS-D, IBS-C, IBS-M, or IBS-U respectively). There's no single, best approach to treating IBS-C. Often, people use a mix of therapies to get relief. They can include changes in diet, exercise, stress management, and medication. Keywords: ibs constipation; constipation ibs.    
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that accounts for 7-21% of the population. Symptoms include frequent abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort, and changes in the appearance or frequency of bowel movements.

IBS-C is a type of IBS in which patients experience abdominal discomfort or bloating during constipation. Generally speaking, constipation means that the stool is not often discharged (less than three times a week). Difficulty defecating or having the feeling of an incomplete bowel movement are signs of constipation.

IBS-C is not life-threatening. However, it can affect one’s quality of life. There is no cure, so the goal is to minimize symptoms. Treatments include lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, psychosocial therapy, and medications.   

Lifestyle modifications
Lifestyle modifications for IBS-C include reducing or avoiding alcohol and tobacco products, improving sleep habits and getting regular exercise.

Dietary changes
It may be helpful to work with a nutritionist to better understand possible food triggers. A nutritionist can help ensure that your modified diet is both nutritious and safe.

Psychosocial therapy
Examples of psychological therapies include hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy.

Laxatives and stool softeners often are the first drugs used for patients with IBS-C to stimulate bowel movements.