Irritable bowel syndrome treatment will vary depending upon what symptoms are present and how adversely the condition is impacting the patient’s life. IBS is a common condition that is essentially a combination of abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. Irritable bowel syndrome is not a life threatening condition, but it can be frustrating, inconvenient, and embarrassing. The causes of irritable bowel syndrome are not well understood. Some factors may include GI tract motor problems, altered brain-gut signals, altered bacterial concentrations in the gut, food sensitivity, or genetics.
Why Get Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Each patient living with irritable bowel syndrome experiences different symptoms and severity. Symptoms can be crampy abdominal pain, often associated with either diarrhea or constipation. Often symptoms may be worse after a meal. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome find relief from avoiding certain foods or an increase in exercise. However, every IBS patient suffers differently, and treatment may not be as simple as avoiding their favorite food. If you don’t want IBS to control your life through the bathroom, you can find out more about your IBS and treatment with a visit to your gastroenterologist. To schedule an appointment with Granite Peaks’ Utah Gastroenterologists, click here.
IBS Treatment and Procedures
Sometimes an IBS diagnosis can be given following a physical exam and giving a complete medical history. Additional testing can be done through either an imaging test like sigmoidoscopy (an endoscopic procedure), colonoscopy, x-rays, or CT scans. Lab tests such as blood, breath and stool tests will be performed. Lactose intolerance testing may also be performed.