Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly found in patients who have interstitial cystitis (IC). IBS patients can suffer from chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation and/or a combination of both. One hallmark symptom is intense cramping, often occurring after eating a problem food or beverage containing caffeine, MSG or chocolate. Constipation can also be a side effect of many medications used for IC, particularly pain medications, as well as a symptom that the pelvic floor muscles may be dysfunctional.
PATIENT TIP: To maintain healthy bowel function, it’s important to stay well hydrated and to eat approximately 20 to 24 grams of fiber a day, preferably from fresh foods and veggies. One serving of peas or split pea soup, for example, contain 16 grams of fiber. A pear or apple (preferably the lower acid Fuji or Gala varieties) contain 4 to 5 grams of fiber a day. Click her to view a list of high fiber foods!
- ICN Irritable Bowel Syndrome Resource Center
- Int’l Foundation For Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
- First Year IBS by Heather Van Vorous
- Eating For IBS by Heather Van Vorous
- Organic Acacia Fiber – An easy, affordable soluble fiber that is gentle on the bowel, ideal for patients with IBS.