IC Awareness Daily Fact #13 – The IC and IBS Connection

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IC Awareness Fact #13 - IBS & IC Are Related Conditions

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!

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By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 13th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #13 – The IC and IBS Connection

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!