Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS Treatment in North Houston

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and causes abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or both. IBS can be very uncomfortable and even disabling for some people. It is estimated to affect up to 15 percent of adults in the United States.

What causes IBS?

The exact cause of IBS is not known, but it is thought to involve a combination of psychological, genetic, and environmental factors. Stress, certain foods and medications, hormones, and infections can all play a role in activating or worsening IBS symptoms.

IBS Symptoms

Symptoms of IBS can vary greatly but it’s often characterized by the following symptoms occurring at least three times a month over a period of six months or more:

How is IBS Diagnosed?

There is no single test to diagnose IBS, but a doctor can make a diagnosis after taking a medical history and reviewing the symptoms. The doctor may also order blood tests, stool tests, or imaging studies to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms.

How is IBS Treated?

The main goal of treatment for IBS is to manage or relieve the symptoms. Treatment may involve changes in lifestyle, diet and stress management as well as medications. It’s important to work with a doctor so that treatment can be tailored to individual needs. Some of the commonly recommended treatment options include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Stress management
  • Dietary guidance
  • Fiber supplements
  • Laxatives

 

Since IBS varies heavily from person to person, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment so if self-management isn’t working, you should schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist.

Living with IBS

Living with IBS can be challenging and overwhelming at times, but there are ways to manage symptoms and stay healthy. It’s important to get adequate rest, practice stress-relieving activities such as yoga or meditation, and find ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fiber is also important for managing IBS symptoms.

Finally, it’s essential to create a support system and talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions that you have. With the right tools and lifestyle changes, it is possible to live a healthy life with IBS.

Allied Digestive Can Help

If you are experiencing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, visit an IBS specialist at the 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.

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