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5 diagnosis majority of the people wont need tests

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5 Diagnosis Majority of the people won’t need tests, but some people may because of their age and symptoms. The amount of testing you get depends on several things: your age, how your symptoms come on and how severe they are, and how you respond to your first treatment. 6 Treatments The first step in treating IBS usually involves watching and recording your symptoms, your bowel habits, what you eat, and other daily activities (such as exercise) that affect your symptoms. Writing all this down in a notebook for a few weeks can help you and your doctor see patterns of symptoms in your daily life. You may be able to see what things make your symptoms worse and start to avoid them. 7 Nursing Considerations Observe and record stool frequency, characteristics, amount, and precipitating factors. Restart oral fluid intake gradually. Offer clear liquids hourly; avoid cold fluids. Provide opportunity to vent frustrations related to disease process. Observe for fever, tachycardia, lethargy, leukocytosis, decreased serum protein, anxiety, and prostration. 8 Patient Teaching Teach the client measures to reduce symptoms by: Eating a well-balanced, high-fiber diet; avoiding gas- forming foods; and avoiding fluid intake with meals because it causes abdominal distention. Participating in regular exercise, which reduces anxiety and increases intestinal motility. Avoiding or minimizing stress-producing situations. Drinking six to eight glasses of water daily to prevent constipation.
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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME Alexander Birukoff
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