By Shirley Webber
This week we are highlighting some strategies to manage abdominal pain and bloating that generally occur due to a build up of gas in the intestinal tract. These are the most common IBS symptoms.
· Often a heat pack placed on the area of pain can help to loosen up the muscles and alleviate some of the pain and discomfort with cramping. A heat pack also allows more blood to flow to the area where the heat is placed and can assist in relieving the cramping.
· Over the counter medication such as Buscopan or Mintec may help with managing symptoms. Ask your pharmacist what they would recommend.
· Stretch it out – sometimes a bit of Pilates or yoga stretching can help with relieving some of the gas that is built up in the gastrointestinal tract reducing the pressure on the gut and therefore reducing the pain.
· Better out than in. If you do have gas then it is okay to let it out. If you’re in a closed environment and feeling uncomfortable to deflate, go for a walk outside or move away from others. Remember gas is a sign of a healthy gut – see a previous blog post on this http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/a-bit-of-bloating-is-beneficial.html