Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The gastrointestinal problem called “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” affects an estimated 10 to 15 percent of people in the United States, and usually affects women more often than men. It’s called a “syndrome” because the condition presents as group of symptoms that usually occur together. The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and can impact the individual’s quality of life in significant ways. It does not lead to other more serious diseases, like cancer, but the difficulty of managing the symptoms can lead to emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression.
What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
The causes of irritable bowel syndrome are not well understood at present. Research suggests that stress may play a part in developing the condition. It seems to be related to changes in bacteria that normally inhabit the intestines. Another theory contends that IBS results from faulty communication between the brain and the gut, causing the intestines to either speed up too much, causing diarrhea, or slow down too much, causing constipation. Hormones and medications you take may cause IBS. Researchers also believe that genetics may play a part.
What Are the Symptoms of IBS?
There are two types of IBS, one that causes intermittent or chronic diarrhea, and one that causes intermittent or chronic constipation. Both types may involve frequent cramping of the abdomen. Individuals may also have nausea, urgency, changes in the appearance of bowel movements, increased mucus in stools or frequent gas. The symptoms can interfere with normal life, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression.
How Is IBS Diagnosed?
There is no single test that can diagnose IBS. Your doctor will do a full medical history and ask about your symptoms. A variety of test may be done to rule out other problems. Blood tests, a celiac disease test, a fecal test and a colonoscopy may be ordered. Thyroid tests may also be done.
Does Baylor, Scott & White Medprovider Offer IBS Treatment in Dallas?
Our staff of professional health providers can provide effective treatments for both IBS with diarrhea and IBS with constipation. Dietary changes, medications, stress management and sometimes, behavioral therapy can help to relieve symptoms to make life with IBS easier. Antidepressants, anti-convulsive drugs and specialized drugs for IBS can also relieve symptoms. Because each IBS patient may respond differently, we will take the time to find the right treatment for your unique needs. Call BSW Medproviders today at 469-701-9075 for an appointment at our convenient Dallas location to learn about the most effective ways to manage your IBS symptoms.