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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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While IBS is a common disorder, for most it is chronic. Unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, IBS does not produce inflammation or changes in bowel tissue. IBS may be very uncomfortable and at times painful, but it does not cause permanent damage to the intestinal tract. To learn more about IBS, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea

Causes and Risk Factors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the exact cause of IBS is unknown. However, physicians have determined that certain foods, stress and hormones are contributing factors. Additionally, women are more likely to suffer from IBS.

Test and Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

While there is no specific test for IBS, physicians evaluate for the disease if abdominal pain and discomfort has persisted for at least 12 weeks, there is a change in the frequency or consistency of your stool, you exhibit straining, urgency or a feeling that you can't empty your bowels completely, or there is mucus in your stool.

Treatments and Therapies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS may be treated with medicine, however lifestyle changes may be recommended. Exercise, diet and stress reduction may help manage and reduce the symptoms of IBS.

To learn more about IBS, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.