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Dealing With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, also called IBS, can cause symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. IBS is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine, also known as the colon. If you are dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, one of the skilled gastroenterologists at Gastroenterology Services in Oviedo, FL, can develop a treatment plan to help you find relief from the symptoms of IBS.

Symptoms of IBS

The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome is unknown, but the condition affects as many as 60 million adults in the U.S. Women tend to be at greater risk for developing IBS than men. The condition can be diagnosed through a variety of diagnostic tests, such as stool sample testing, blood work, a colonoscopy, or a sigmoidoscopy.

IBS is associated with various gastrointestinal symptoms, including:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unintended weight loss

Patients with IBS can go through periods in which symptoms flare up extensively, as well as times when there are no symptoms at all. Some factors that can contribute to a flare-up of symptoms include certain foods, extensive stress, hormonal changes, and other types of medical conditions. One of the experienced gastroenterologists at our Oviedo, FL, office can help you identify and avoid your own risk factors that tend to aggravate the IBS.

Treatments for IBS

There are many different ways to treat the symptoms of IBS. The most effective approach to treating the condition differs for each patient since symptoms also vary by patient. A gastroenterologist at our practice in Oviedo, FL, can develop an individualized treatment plan that is right for you. IBS treatments can include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Probiotics
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Stress reduction techniques

Certain foods tend to aggravate IBS symptoms so dietary changes can be especially effective at reducing symptoms for some patients. Dietary changes often include incorporating more fiber in the diet and eliminating specific foods and beverages, such as dairy, alcohol, and beans. Eating smaller meals can also reduce symptoms by making digestion easier.

Dealing with irritable bowel syndrome can be frustrating, but help is available. For the diagnosis and treatment of IBS, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist by calling Gastroenterology Services in Oviedo, FL, at (407) 478-0882.

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