IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Many people deal with the symptoms of IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, daily. They suffer without seeking the help of a gastroenterologist because they think it’s just “life.” Usually beginning in young adulthood, many people suffer for years before seeking medical attention.
The cause of IBS is unknown and the symptoms include abdominal pain, heartburn, diarrhea and/or constipation. It can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are common in many conditions. Treatments can include lifestyle changes and medications. Research is ongoing and new treatments are being tested.
Lifestyle changes can include avoiding your personal food triggers, smoking, and caffeine. It also may help to have regular meals and to sit and eat them slowly. Getting regular sleep, as well as relaxing and avoiding stress, may help some individuals.
The bottom line is this – make an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing regular symptoms that last beyond a couple of weeks. Even if you can’t put your finger on specifics, but you know your body is “just not working right,” our doctors see IBS patients regularly. We can help you know that you are not alone. Chronic diarrhea and constipation can cause damage and interfere with your daily life. Make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists. We have convenient locations across the state of Texas.