Gastroenterologists located in Avondale, AZ
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects about 35 million Americans. If you have symptoms like cramping, pain, gas, and bloating, the expert physicians at Southwest Gastroenterology can help. Serving men, women, and children in Avondale, Arizona, the expert gastroenterology team helps patients find the right treatment for them and recover from digestive disorders like IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Q & A
What causes irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestines. Numerous factors can cause the condition, including:
- Diet: Food allergies or intolerances may trigger symptoms. Common “offender” foods include dairy, wheat, carbonated drinks, beans, or citrus fruit.
- Nervous system problems: If your body can’t correctly coordinate signals between your brain and your digestive system, this can result in IBS.
- Infection: Sometimes IBS can develop from bacteria, a virus, or a parasitic infection.
- Stress: IBS symptoms tend to worsen when you’re experiencing more stress.
- Hormones: Hormonal fluctuations can also trigger IBS symptoms.
What are the symptoms of IBS?
IBS symptoms can vary greatly, and sometimes you may have periods where you don’t experience any symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
- Constipation: Difficult or infrequent bowel movements
- Diarrhea: Frequent loose stool, often with an urgent need to move the bowels
- Abdominal pain: Often experienced with gas, bloating, or swelling relieved by having a bowel movement
- Mucus in the stool: Stool may also change in consistency, odor, or color
Since IBS can dramatically interfere with daily life and activities, patients may also experience anxiety or depression from trying to deal with IBS and its complications.
How is IBS treated?
At Southwest Gastroenterology, the goal is to diagnose and treat your IBS so you can live a healthy life. Treatment may focus on several different areas, and specific methods may include:
Avoid specific foods that trigger your symptoms. Instead, eat foods that support your gut health.
Your physician might recommend fiber supplements, laxatives, or over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medicine for your symptoms.
Certain medications can help alleviate pain associated with bowel spasms or abdominal cramping.
You may also have to implement specific lifestyle changes that help you lower stress, get adequate exercise, and increase your water intake.
To book an appointment at Southwest Gastroenterology and end your IBS symptoms today, use the easy online scheduling tool.
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