Get the basics on this uncomfortable condition.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a fun experience. It can disrupt your work, make you hesitant to attend social gatherings, and even make your home life strained. Whether your doctor suggested that you may have IBS, or you're just curious about the condition, here is a quick overview of the issue.
What Is IBS?
This condition is still a little mysterious. No one knows what causes it or why it occurs. It is identified by matching a patient's symptoms of with the most common signs of IBS.
Who Is at Risk?
Some people may be at a higher risk for IBS than others. The condition is most commonly found in those who are:
- Young – Most patients are under 35 years old, although some may be between 35 and 50.
- Female – IBS can strike both genders, but women have higher rates.
- Related to an IBS patient – A possible genetic link has been observed.
What Are the Symptoms?
IBS can present in many different ways, and the symptoms can vary from day to day. Signs to watch out for include:
- Abdominal pain
- Stools covered in blood or mucus
- Nausea after eating even small meals
- Bloating and gas
What Treatments Are Available?
There is no cure for IBS, but patients may find relief with several treatment methods. The most effective is usually a change in diet. Eat plenty of fiber and start a food diary to locate your trigger foods. Medication is also available. If IBS is linked to anxiety or depression, a professional counselor may help.
If you've noticed any changes in your digestion, you can find answers with the help of our gastroenterology department. Learn more at our website or receive a free physician referral when you call (479) 709-DOCS (3627) or (877) 709-DOCS.