Everyone experiences an upset stomach from time to time. It’s not pleasant, and you become way more familiar with your bathroom than you’d like. But it passes.
When Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a player, it’s like the upset stomach won’t end. It keeps coming back. Every. Day.
To make matters worse, the symptoms – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation – aren’t predictable. IBS can wreak havoc in people’s personal and professional lives.
IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. The exact cause isn’t known.
Factors that trigger the symptoms of IBS are different for each person. Common triggers include these, described by Mayo Clinic:
If you’re having stomach trouble, it isn’t always clear that IBS is the cause. The symptoms could mean a number of things.
That’s why it’s important to see your doctor if your bathroom habits are changing. Young females are more likely to have IBS – about 2 out of 3 people with the syndrome are female, and most are younger than 50.
Only 1 in 5 people with IBS seek medical treatment, according to Mayo Clinic. But more people should. While IBS is not curable, there are ways to ease the symptoms. Dietary changes and medication can work wonders for people with IBS. You can take control of your gut again!
The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you’ll feel better. Learn more about our gastrointestinal services.
Everyone experiences occasional bouts of abdominal pain, bloating and GI upset. For some, it is chronic and debilitating. Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Edward Hospital, as gastroenterologist Sushama Gundlapalli, MD, talks about colon health and common diseases of the colon, including Crohn’s, colitis and IBS. Registration is required. Register online or call 630-527-6363.
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