IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine. Simply put, the GI tract does not work properly. It is a young person’s illness, rarely diagnosed in people over 50. It is also more frequent in “high stress” individuals as well as those who deal with anxiety and depression. The cause of IBS has not yet been determined, but it is believed that those who live with IBS have very sensitive colon tissue.
While IBS can be difficult to initially diagnose, many people experience great relief, even remission, after treatment. Treatments can range from lifestyle/diet changes to medications.
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The most consistent treatment is to live a healthy lifestyle, with exercise, adequate sleep, and a balanced diet. You can reduce flare-ups by avoiding chewing gum, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, nicotine, and specific trigger foods. Eating slowly at regular intervals can also help.
Don't be one of the 75% of sufferers who self-diagnose, self-medicate, and decide to just try to “live with it.” Make an appointment today and let an AGA professional review your symptoms and determine the course of action that's best for you.