Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract.

Those with IBS may suffer from abdominal pain and bloating in association with diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both of 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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As Lancaster County’s leading gastroenterology specialty practice, Regional Gi treats those affected by diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient area locations, contact us today.