Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the large intestine (colon). It causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition, which means it is long-lasting. There is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms.

Causes of IBS

The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including:

  • Genetics: IBS tends to run in families. If you have a family member with IBS, you are more likely to develop the condition.
  • Infection: Some people develop IBS after a bout of food poisoning or another intestinal infection.
  • Stress and anxiety: Stress and anxiety can trigger or worsen IBS symptoms.
  • Diet: Certain foods can trigger IBS symptoms in some people. These foods include caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, and artificial sweeteners.

Symptoms of IBS

The symptoms of IBS vary from person to person. Some people have only mild symptoms, while others have severe symptoms that can interfere with their daily lives. The most common symptoms of IBS include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement
  • Feeling like you can’t fully empty your bowels


We will start with a thorough evaluation of your medical history, your symptoms, and your diet. We will also recommend certain tests, such as blood and stool tests to determine possible causes of your symptoms.

Man clutching his stomach due to Gastrointestinal Problems


There is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms. The goal of treatment is to find a plan that works best for you and helps you control your symptoms. Treatment options for IBS include dietary changes to identify and eliminate triggers, herbal remedies, nutritional and microbiome support, and stress management.

If you have IBS, it is important to work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that works best for you. There are several effective treatments available, and you can find relief from your symptoms.

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