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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.

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.

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 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? Regional Gi is committed to serving you with professionalism, care and privacy. Please contact us for more information, or schedule an appointment with one of our providers.

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