What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a condition with chronic abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements. This is the most commonly diagnosed digestive disease problem. Up to 20% of the population experience symptoms of IBS, often including diarrhea, constipation or both. IBS is more common in women and symptoms often begins in young adulthood.
Symptoms of IBS are varied and include:
- Abdominal pain and cramps after eating
- Diarrhea or constipation or a combination of both
- Gas, flatulence or nausea
- Feeling full too quickly when eating
- Resolution of discomfort after a bowel movement
Tests & Diagnosis
There is no specific test for IBS. Evaluation includes taking a history from the patient and running a few tests to make sure another condition is not present. Many medical conditions have symptoms similar to IBS and it is important to rule out serious disease.
There are medications that can ease diarrhea, constipation and bloating and help relieve pain and stress. Most importantly, IBS needs to be managed through lifestyle changes including diet modification, regular exercise and increased fiber intake. We can provide guidance on the best approach to minimize symptoms and stress related to IBS. constipation, bloating and help with pain and stress