The Truth About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

According to the International Foundation For Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders:

  • IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. IBS affects people of all ages, even children.
  • Most persons with IBS are under the age of 50.
  • The exact cause of IBS is unknown.
  • IBS is unpredictable.
  • IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder. However, many do not seek appropriate medical treatment. Many sufferers are left undiagnosed.
  • Approximately 20 to 40% of gastrointestinal visits are due to IBS symptoms.

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IBS and IBD. What’s the Difference?

There are many distinct differences between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. However, it’s not uncommon for people to confuse these common digestive disorders.

Unlike IBD, IBS does not cause inflammation, ulcers or damage to the large intestine. In fact, IBS is frequently characterized as a functional gastrointestinal condition. Meanwhile, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are much serious. IBS symptoms include abdominal pains, excess gas, harder or looser bowel movements, diarrhea and constipation. In general, symptoms of IBD include chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fever and abdominal pain.

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If you suspect IBS or IBD, it is important to seek guidance from your health care provider. To diagnose appropriately, blood tests, stool samples, endoscopic examination or CT scanning may be ordered. Please contact Regional Gi for additional questions or health concerns. We look forward to serving you!

Coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) presents many unique health and lifestyle challenges. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this widespread disorder. However, there are many treatment options available — dietary modifications, medications — to alleviate sufferer’s symptoms.

Can a Low-FODMAP Diet Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Functional bowel disorders such as IBS can significantly impact patients’ quality of life. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Recently, interest has focused on diets that reduce intake of poorly absorbed, small molecule — size carbohydrates.” The acronym FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, polyols) was developed to describe the poorly absorbed carbohydrates.

The low-FODMAP Diet can be used to decrease/minimize such symptoms as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, flatulence, burping, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia and nausea. To assess your tolerance of these compounds, Regional Gi recommends eliminating high-FODMAPs for 6-8 weeks. Reintroduce foods to identify any dietary abnormalities. With some gastrointestinal conditions, this food first approach may help to relieve symptoms!

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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, an estimated 10 to 15% of U.S. adults suffer from IBS. However, only 5 to 7% of U.S. adults receive appropriate diagnosis. Studies estimate that twice as many women as men are affected by IBS. Most often, IBS occurs in people younger than age 45.

Those with IBS may suffer from abdominal pain and bloating in association with diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both these symptoms. Symptoms may become aggravated by stress, caffeine, fatty foods or spicy foods. Patients with IBS typically do not suffer from severe symptoms such as weight loss, rectal bleeding, fever or anemia.

Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome be Treated?

IBS diagnosis is typically made after a physical examination. Diagnostic testing such as stool studies, blood tests and colonoscopy may be necessary to exclude other related diseases. IBS treatment involves simple dietary modifications and medications. Patients may benefit from regular exercise to relieve underlying stress or depression. Ongoing treatment may be required to address chronic ailments.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Overview

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Patients with IBS frequently suffer from pain and bloating in association with diarrhea, constipation or both. These symptoms may be aggravated by stress or ingesting trigger foods such as caffeine, fatty foods or spicy foods.

Diagnostic testing such as stool studies, blood tests and even colonoscopy may be necessary to exclude other conditions that cause similar symptoms. Treating IBS typically involves other dietary modifications and medications to relieve symptoms such as intestinal spasms, constipation or diarrhea. Patients often benefit from regular exercise and measures to relieve underlying stress or depression associated with the disease. Symptoms are typically chronic and require ongoing therapy.

Are you concerned about your risk for IBS? Perhaps you are struggling with the disease? Please consult Regional Gi’s team of board-certified specialists. Regional Gi is committed to serving you with professionalism, care and privacy. Please contact us for more information.