Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS affects between 16 and 30 million women in the United States.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the lining of the large intestine. While the main cause of IBS isn’t known, some doctors believe that faulty communication between the brain and the intestinal tract is one cause of symptoms. This miscommunication can cause abnormal muscle contractions or spams, which often cause sharp, cramping pains.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the lining of the large intestine. While the main cause of IBS isn’t known, some doctors believe that faulty communication between the brain and the intestinal tract is one cause of symptoms. This miscommunication can cause abnormal muscle contractions or spams, which often cause sharp, cramping pains.

Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

While IBS doesn’t have a cure, it should be treated by a specially-trained gastroenterologist. Symptoms can be managed with a combination of lifestyle and diet changes, as well medication depending on your symptoms. Consider eliminating high-gas foods, reducing gluten intake, and increasing fiber consumption to help mitigate your symptoms.

Did you know?

  • IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, affecting between 25 and 45 million people in the U.S.
  • It affects about twice as many women as men and is most often found in people younger than 50 years of age.
  • IBS can last for years or be lifelong. There may be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.
The Southeast Gastro team is here to help with your IBS diagnosis and treatment.
If you think you have IBS, please call us today or click here to request an appointment.

 

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