Approximately 55 million Americans; mostly women suffer from IBS, also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This condition is treatable, and patients who suffer from it can find a solution to improve their quality of life.
It is unknown what causes an individual to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. However, there are different triggers for different patients. Some patients find that their IBS is triggered by certain foods or drinks, while others find that stress and anxiety can kick it into gear. Hormones and certain medications have even been linked to IBS.
Many symptoms are associated with irritable bowel syndrome, including:
- Stomach pain
Testing for irritable bowel syndrome depends on the age and severity of the symptoms. Younger patients are more likely to develop IBS, so a younger woman with mild symptoms may only need a blood test to ensure that no other underlying condition is occurring. However, if an elderly man visits the doctor with sudden digestive problems, he may undergo further testing to ensure that another problem is not causing the symptoms. This is because it is less likely to develop as a person ages. Testing varies from patient to patient.
Unfortunately, patients cannot prevent IBS, but they can avoid the triggers that cause it to flare up. Minimizing the symptoms may require that patients eliminate certain foods from their diet or minimize stress and anxiety from their life. Anything that aggravates the condition should be evaluated and removed from the day-to-day life whenever possible to reduce the number of episodes one experiences. In some cases, if triggers cannot be determined, patients may need to take oral medications every day to reduce the symptoms. Medications may be given to reduce diarrhea, constipation, cramping, pain, and anxiety.
Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology is a medical professional who has helped hundreds of patients find relief for their irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and allow them to live a normal, healthy life. If you have been plagued with digestive conditions that persist regardless of your diet, nutrition, and regular exercise, it may be time to get a proper diagnosis and treatment for your problems. Call Dr. Gandhi today to schedule a consultation visit and an initial examination to learn more about the cause of your condition and the best solution to help.