Around 12% of American adults live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you’re one of them, don’t hesitate to visit GI Physicians Inc. to find relief. At their office in Lima, Ohio, Ven Kottapalli, MD, CNSP, and the dedicated team of gastroenterological specialists have years of experience helping patients with IBS. Get started with treatment to relieve your symptoms by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.
IBS is a fairly common condition that impacts the performance of your large intestine. It affects women about twice as frequently as men and most commonly impacts people under the age of 50.
While the exact cause of IBS is still unknown, doctors do know that this condition affects the way your brain and your intestines work together. As a result, your large intestine doesn’t function the way it should. This causes symptoms, including:
The exact symptoms you experience depend on the type of IBS that affects you.
There are three primary types of IBS:
With this condition, constipation is common. When you have a bowel movement, it’s typical for it to be lumpy and hard.
This type of IBS means you’re more likely to experience diarrhea or loose and watery stool.
If you commonly experience both constipation and diarrhea, this is the type of IBS that is affecting you.
The good news with each type of IBS is that while the symptoms can adversely affect your quality of life, the condition itself doesn’t do any permanent damage to your intestines.
The team at GI Physicians Inc. has extensive experience diagnosing IBS. Diagnosing your condition comes down to understanding your symptoms and ruling out other diseases that could be causing them. To confirm that no other, more serious disease is causing your symptoms, your GI Physicians Inc. provider may perform a colonoscopy or use a PillCam™ to take a look inside your intestine.
Once they confirm that IBS is the cause of your symptoms, they tailor a treatment for you. Modifying your diet to avoid foods that trigger your symptoms, exercising regularly, and making other healthy lifestyle changes may be enough to give you relief. If not, your GI Physicians Inc. provider helps you find supplements and/or medication to ease your symptoms. They work with you until they find an effective treatment so you can enjoy life with fewer IBS symptoms.
To learn more about IBS and treatments available at GI Physicians Inc., call the office or request your visit online today.