Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), affects the large intestine. This common yet chronic condition often results in discomfort, but can be managed with the proper diagnosis and treatment. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), IBS does NOT cause inflammation or other damage to the bowel, and it's usually a less severe medical issue.
- Abdominal discomfort
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Mucus in stool
- Certain foods (spices, fruits, chocolate, fats and alcohol)
- High level of stress
- Imbalanced hormones
IBS is more common in women than men and often affects those younger than 45 years old. Individuals who have experienced other illnesses, have unhealthy bacteria in the intestines, or have a history of mental health issues may have a higher susceptibility to IBS.
Unfortunately, there is no exact way to diagnose IBS, it can only be confirmed by ruling out other conditions.
Treatment mainly involves living a healthy lifestyle, with exercise, adequate sleep, and a balanced diet. People who have IBS may also find relief through stress reduction techniques and certain medications.
If you think you may have IBS, schedule an appointment with one of our GI doctors to confirm a diagnosis and find the best treatment for you.