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 (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.
Symptoms of IBS can vary in intensity and sometimes seem to go away for a time. Many individuals, however, experience symptoms daily, including:
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.
The cause of IBS is unknown, but things that appear linked to the syndrome include:
A bout of IBS is often triggered by:
Your risk of developing IBS increases with:
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.