Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Nicotine and IBS
Nicotine is thought to make IBS symptoms worse. If you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipe tobacco, or use other tobacco products -- such as chewing tobacco or snuff -- your symptoms may decrease if you stop using them.
Counseling can be helpful for some people with irritable bowel syndrome. This can include learning new techniques to handle the everyday stresses of life. Sometimes, just talking about these things can help relieve the symptoms of IBS. Your healthcare provider may suggest some form of counseling, as well as additional ways to help you handle the stress in your life.
You may find that talking to other people who have irritable bowel syndrome can be helpful and reassuring. You can ask your healthcare provider about support groups and other organizations that may have more information for you. Some people use the Internet to find this information as well.