Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) causes abdominal pain and bouts of either diarrhea or constipation, and can have a severe impact on your daily life. The Evia Medical Center team in Smithtown, New York, can help. With a personalized IBS management plan, you’ll learn how to manage your symptoms and avoid triggers. Contact Evia Medical Center today to schedule an appointment.

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What is IBS?

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a disease that affects the large intestine. Often, it impacts the way you process food and can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

People diagnosed with IBS are not more prone to other illnesses like colon cancer, but it can make daily life challenging.

What are symptoms of IBS?

IBS poses many symptoms. Though the vast majority of symptoms aren’t life-threatening, they can be bothersome. If left untreated, IBS can cause severe symptoms like vomiting and rectal bleeding.

Common IBS symptoms include:

  • Frequent sudden bowel movements
  • Diarrhea and constipation (alternating)
  • Excess gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mucus in your stool

How is IBS diagnosed?

There is no set test that diagnoses IBS. Instead, the Evia Medical Center team diagnoses IBS using a variety of techniques, including:

  • A physical examination
  • Recognizing symptoms of IBS
  • Conducting blood tests
  • Stool tests to look for abnormalities
  • Colonoscopies

What triggers IBS?

There are many factors that can trigger your IBS and cause a flare-up. Learning what your triggers are and how to avoid them can help you manage your IBS and avoid symptoms returning.

IBS triggers include:

  • Eating certain foods
  • Experiencing stress
  • Drinking caffeinated drinks
  • Eating large meals

How is IBS treated?

There are many ways you can manage your IBS. Maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding any food triggers can reduce flare-ups.

Stress reducing techniques also help alleviate IBS symptoms. Extreme stress can trigger symptoms. Learning healthy ways to reduce or manage stress can reduce your IBS symptoms and give you back control over your life.

The Evia Medical Center team may also prescribe medication to help manage symptoms.

Am I at risk for developing IBS?

Though the exact cause of IBS is unknown, there are specific factors that can increase your risk of developing IBS, including:

  • A family history of IBS
  • Being a female
  • Being under the age of 50
  • Have a mental health disorder like depression

If you suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, or other IBS symptoms, make an appointment at Evia Medical Center today. The medical team can help you manage your symptoms so you can live a better life.