Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What You Should Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month—a time to raise awareness, educate the public and improve patient care.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
IBS is a common health issue that affects the large intestine with different possible symptoms. It is considered to be a functional bowel disorder—in which there is no structural abnormality that can be seen, but the nerves of the intestines are sensitive.
What Are the Possible Symptoms of IBS?
The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:
- Abdominal cramping and discomfort (often relieved with the passing of a bowel movement);
- Bloating and gas;
- Constipation and diarrhea (sometimes alternating);
- Clear or white mucus in stools; and
- Bowel movements that feel uncontrollably urgent, difficult to pass, or incomplete
How is IBS Treated?
Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome focus on relieving the symptoms. Most symptoms can usually be controlled by simply managing stress and making minor changes in diet and lifestyle.
“Managing irritable bowel syndrome is based on the individual. Understanding this can help both the patient and the provider while treating IBS symptoms.” said Susette Grosveled PA-C, PIH Health Digestive Health Services physician assistant. A digestive health services physician will work with you to recommend the best treatment for your case.
Get Help with IBS
If you have experienced these symptoms and suspect that you have may have irritable bowel syndrome, schedule an appointment with a PIH Health physician today at 562.698.0306.
To learn more about IBS and other gastrointestinal health conditions visit, https://www.pihhealth.org/services/digestive-health/.