IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (spastic colon, mucous colitis, nervous stomach, spastic colitis) is a common medical condition that impacts approximately 15 percent of the general population. Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) does not involve any structural abnormalities of the bowel, it can negatively impact the functioning of the bowel system and lead to the following symptoms: diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps, bloating, passage of mucous, abnormal stool consistency, feelings of urgency to defecate, feelings of incomplete bowel movements.
IBS is caused by dysfunctional communication between the nervous system and the bowel musculature, resulting in bowel irritation and sensitivity. Although IBS is not caused by stress or other psychological issues, the symptoms of IBS can be exacerbated during times of emotional duress. Diagnosis of IBS may involve stool tests, blood tests, colonoscopy, x-ray studies, and visual inspection of the colon, along with a thorough medical history and physical examination.
Patients with mild to moderate IBS symptoms may benefit from behavioral therapy, biofeedback, relaxation or pain management techniques, and dietary changes. Increasing one’s dietary fiber intake, as well as avoiding fried or high fat foods, caffeine, alcohol, foods containing sorbitol, and gas producing foods (ie. beans, cabbage, cauliflower) can help to alleviate IBS symptoms for some patients. For individuals suffering from moderate to severe IBS, prescription medication may be necessary to manage and ameliorate the IBS symptoms.
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected and board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.