Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Do you frequently experience abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation? You might have irritable bowel syndrome — and you don’t have to live with it. Trust the specialists at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois to provide an accurate diagnosis and design a treatment plan that relieves your symptoms. These dedicated experts provide cutting-edge treatment in a warm and welcoming environment that ensures your concerns are fully addressed. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of symptoms like abdominal cramping and bloating that show up together and affect the large intestine. You might have heard it referred to as “spastic colon,” “irritable colon,” or “spastic colitis.”

Individuals sometimes confuse it with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBS is a chronic condition that requires long-term management, but it doesn’t cause the same complications or symptoms as IBD.

What are the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Symptoms of IBS can vary in intensity and sometimes seem to go away for a time. Many individuals, however, experience symptoms daily, including:

  • Abdominal pain or bloating that is partially or completely relieved by passing a bowel movement
  • Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
  • Excess gas that can be quite painful
  • Mucus in the stool

The ongoing discomfort and general feeling of illness (malaise) caused by IBS are often quite draining and can interfere greatly with your routine daily activities.

What Causes IBS?

The cause of IBS is unknown, but things that appear linked to the syndrome include:

  • Longer and stronger than normal muscle contractions in the abdomen during digestion
  • Nerve disorders that cause abnormal discomfort when your abdomen stretches due to gas or stool
  • Inflammation in the intestines due to an overactive immune response
  • Infection or an overgrowth of bacteria in the intestines
  • Changes in the “good” bacteria in your gut

A bout of IBS is often triggered by:

  • Certain foods
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes, especially noted in women around their menstrual periods

Your risk of developing IBS increases with:

  • Age (occurring more frequently in people under 50)
  • Gender (more common among women)
  • A family history of IBS

Your risk of IBS also increases if you have problems with depression and/or anxiety.

Effective treatment of IBS often requires a multipronged approach that can include dietary changes, medications, and increased exercise. Your evaluation could also include a diagnostic work-up like stool studies to monitor for parasites or bacteria to further identify the cause of your symptoms.

Don’t think you have to live with IBS. Schedule a visit to the Illinois Gastroenterology Group for evaluation and effective treatment that can keep your symptoms under control. Schedule your appointment online or call the office.