Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder affecting the large intestine. Although the causes of IBS are not totally understood, it’s believed to be caused by abnormalities in the intestine that occur while food is being digested. It’s also believed that communication between the brain and digestive system may play a role.
Not everyone’s triggers are the same, but the results of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are typically cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder. Doctors estimate that 10-15% of the worldwide population has IBS.
People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome experience abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation. Though we all are likely to experience symptoms like this at one time or another, those with IBS have symptoms that occur over the long term and come and go over time. The symptoms may also feel much more severe in people with IBS.
In addition to the most common symptoms, some people also experience heartburn, nausea, or abdominal fullness. If you’re experiencing weight loss, abdominal cramping at night, or rectal bleeding, you should see a doctor right away.
The first step to treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome is to have it properly diagnosed, as many of the symptoms of IBS are shared by more serious conditions. Dr. Ng and the team at GI Health are experienced at recognizing the signs and symptoms of IBS and can help with tests to ensure that your diagnosis is accurate.
Once you have a diagnosis you are confident in, the key to treating IBS is to manage the symptoms over the long term. Dr. Ng and the team can recommend the right treatment plan for you based on your symptoms and medical history. They may recommend lifestyle or dietary changes or may prescribe medications specific to treating IBS if they feel that’s necessary.
If you are struggling with abdominal pain and digestive issues, contact GI Health today. You shouldn’t have to deal with the symptoms of IBS alone, and a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal health can help you feel like your normal self again.