Are You Dealing With Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

If you have frequent episodes of stomach or abdominal pain, it could be a sign of a serious gastrointestinal condition known as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. Your gastroenterologist can help you get relief.

What You Need To Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome affects your large intestine. It is caused by improper functioning of the nerves associated with your digestive system. When the nerves aren’t functioning well, your intestinal walls don’t move as they should. When the walls of your intestine don’t function well, food can’t pass freely from your stomach through your intestines. Irritable bowel syndrome can cause unpleasant signs and symptoms like these:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Mucus in your stools

Irritable bowel signs and symptoms can worsen if you eat certain foods, including:

  • Chocolate, spices, and fruits
  • Fats and beans
  • Cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • Milk, carbonated beverages, and alcohol

Stress can also bring on signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, so it’s important to manage your stress. You can do this by practicing yoga, meditation, reading, walking, and deep breathing.

For moderate to severe irritable bowel symptoms, it is best to visit your gastroenterologist. Professional treatments for irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • Dietary modifications, including eliminating gluten and foods with high amounts of sugar
  • Medications including fiber supplements, antibiotics, anti-diarrheal medications, and medications to reduce intestinal spasms
  • Medications to relax your colon and increase fluid secretion, so you can pass stools easily without straining

Irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t have to control your life. You can get relief, so you can enjoy optimal digestive health.

Want To Know More About Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

To find out more about the signs, symptoms, management, and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, talk with an expert. Our gastroenterologist can treat your irritable bowel syndrome, provide tips on the management of IBS, and get you on the road to better health. Call our gastroenterologist today.

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