Everyone experiences having an upset stomach from time to time, but having to use the restroom frequently and urgently or being constipated often or for long periods of time is something no one wants to go through. However, while some people will simply live with these symptoms because they consider them to be normal, it could be a gastrointestinal problem that is easily treated. If you are experiencing similar things, you may be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.

Symptoms of IBSdreamstime_l_15682108

The experienced physicians at West Gastroenterology know what a disruption of daily life IBS can be. Luckily, we also have a lot of experience helping those who suffer from this gastrointestinal disorder. First, however, it must be diagnosed. Below are the most common symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

  • Constipation
  • Frequent loose stools
  • Pus and/or blood in stool
  • Frequent abdominal pain, gas and/or bloating
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn

For the most part, physicians agree that a combination of something going wrong in the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system and brain is what causes a person to experience the symptoms of IBS. Stress can also greatly enhance these symptoms, in addition to certain foods such as ones that contain a lot of hot spices.

Diagnosis & Treatment

As a gastroenterologist, we have seen our fair share of IBS cases. Therefore, we know what to look for when someone thinks they are exhibiting symptoms. In almost all cases, your physician will prescribe you medications that will relieve your symptoms. They are also likely to suggest changes in your diet to make your day to day easier. Such suggestions may include:

  • Limiting your caffeine intake
  • Eliminating foods that you have noticed clearly cause your IBS to act up
  • Reducing the amount of gluten in your diet
  • Reducing the amount of soluble fiber in your diet from vegetables and/or fruits with skin

If you think you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you should make an appointment at West Gastroenterology in Los Angeles today. We can help you get back to a normal routine that isn’t constantly being interrupted because of your stomach issues.