Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a widespread disease in which the patient suffers from chronic constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is relatively common to have signs of IBS at some point in your life, but few speak to their doctor about it. It can last for a long time, or it can come and go, or disappear altogether. If you are suffering from chronic IBS that isn’t going away, please don’t be embarrassed and take control of your health by talking with your doctor.

Irritable bowel syndrome occurs when the normal, healthy contractions in your intestines that move your food along your digestive tract become stronger and last longer than usual. The stronger contractions create digestive problems such as uncomfortable bowel movements, gas or abdominal pain. We attribute these abnormalities in your gastrointestinal nervous system to your nutrition, stress and anxiety levels, or hormones.

What should I do if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary between patients. However, if you are experiencing any of the following for an extended period, you should call your doctor. Gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and mucus in the stool are classic signs of irritable bowel syndrome.

If these symptoms aren’t going away, speak to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can make to combat these symptoms. If you are also experiencing rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, nausea, fever, anemia, or nighttime abdominal pain, please see us immediately for treatment, as these symptoms are cause for concern of a more problematic illness.

What can I expect when I visit TransSouth with IBS?

We will work with you to find out the cause of your IBS and treat your symptoms so that you may find some relief. Treatment for irritable bowel syndrome can vary from person to person. The most basic treatment is lifestyle changes such as changing your diet or managing your stress and anxiety levels.  If lifestyle changes do not affect your situation, we may prescribe medicine.

However, if you are suffering from severe symptoms such as rectal bleeding or weight loss, this may suggest that you are suffering from a more complicated disease.  We may ask you some further questions about your symptoms and perform a series of tests, including stool studies or endoscopies, before proceeding with a diagnosis.