Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine. IBS is a chronic condition for which the exact cause is unknown, but it can be related to changes in how the muscles in the digestive tract contract and relax and how the brain and gut communicate. You can manage IBS with a combination of lifestyle changes, such as stress reduction and dietary modifications, as well as medications to alleviate specific symptoms.
The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary from person to person, but some common symptoms include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a primary care provider today.
The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is unknown, but there are several risk factors, including:
A provider can diagnose with a combination of a patient's symptoms and medical history, as no specific test can confirm the condition. However, to rule out other underlying conditions with similar symptoms, your primary care provider may perform some diagnostic tests, which may include:
The treatment for irritable bowel syndrome typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and medications. The specific treatment plan will depend on the individual's symptoms, severity, and other medical conditions. Some common treatment options for IBS include:
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