Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS Treatment in North Houston
What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS for short, affects up to 20% of American adults throughout the course of their lives. The symptoms and severity of IBS will vary greatly from person to person but generally involve stomach pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. When an IBS flare-up occurs, a person might not be able to go far from the bathroom for long periods of time, affecting their ability to go about their normal activities for the day. IBS doctors can evaluate your symptoms, diagnose IBS, and determine the best route for overcoming your condition with a personalized IBS treatment plan.
What causes IBS?
While there is no clear cause for IBS, research points to the following possible contributing factors:
- Colon sensitivity
- Irregular brain response to gut contractions
- Abnormal immune system response
- Hormone changes
What are the symptoms of IBS?
It is important to see Dr. Adeyefa at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston if you believe you may be suffering from IBS. IBS is characterized by the following symptoms occurring at least three times a month over a period of six months or more:
- Change in normal form and appearance of stool
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Frequent bowel movements
- Pain that is relieved with bowel movement
How is IBS diagnosed by a Houston gastroenterologist?
During a consultation with Dr. Adeyefa at our digestive disease center, your symptoms and past medical history will be evaluated to help determine if IBS is the cause of your digestive problem. We take the time to listen to all of your concerns and complaints before making a final diagnosis, taking into consideration the amount of time you have had symptoms, the kinds of food and drinks you consume prior to experiencing symptoms, and how frequently symptom occurs. Testing may also be done to help rule out other conditions and to confirm that IBS is causing your symptoms. These tests might include:
Can IBS lead to complications if left untreated?
Unfortunately, leaving IBS untreated can lead to further health issues when left untreated. Complications are not life-threatening but can cause further discomfort for you. IBS complications can include:
- Food intolerance
- Stool blockage/impacted bowel
To avoid these possible complications of IBS, it’s important to consult a digestive disease doctor and learn more about how to manage your symptoms of IBS.
What are your irritable bowel syndrome treatment options?
At Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston, we take pride in offering each of our patients a personalized treatment plan that emphasizes patient education and empowerment. We give you access to the tools you need to manage your IBS symptoms and live your life without interruptions due to digestive problems. Some of the treatment options that might be recommended for you include:
- Prescription medications
- Stress management
- Dietary guidance
- Fiber supplements
If you are experiencing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, visit an IBS specialist at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.