Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) describes a broad variety of conditions that alter intestinal motility and sensitivity. While common in the US, irritable bowel syndrome treatment will vary depending upon what symptoms are present and how adversely the condition is impacting the patient’s life. Fortunately, IBS is not a life-threatening condition, but it can be a frustrating, inconvenient, and an embarrassing condition to suffer.
The causes of irritable bowel syndrome are not well understood. Some factors may include GI tract motility problems, altered brain-gut signals, altered bacterial concentrations in the gut, food sensitivity, or genetics. Recent illness or infection can also cause IBS symptoms to develop and linger.
Severity of symptoms from IBS can vary from mild and occasionally troublesome to severe and life-altering. The main goal of treatment for IBS is to manage symptoms to achieve the least disruption possible to lifestyle and mental well-being, while helping patients maintain a healthy, symptom-reducing diet.
The Granite Peaks GI specialists can discuss new developments in treatments for IBS symptoms, helping patients achieve a more normal lifestyle with less worrying about painful, embarrassing symptoms.