IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, causes constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and abdominal swelling. It is a common disorder, with up to 45 million Americans suffering from the disorder. It affects people of any age, although the majority of people with IBS are female and under 50.
It is not yet clear what precisely causes IBS, although both stress and diet can be potential factors in intensified symptoms. However, while there is not a cure at the present time, a gastroenterologist can help to provide effective treatment that restores the quality of life for people living with IBS.
One of the most important techniques in managing IBS can be a carefully controlled diet that helps to avoid specific trigger foods, minimizing exposure and symptoms. In addition, a doctor can prescribe medications that help to relieve symptoms including constipation, cramping, and diarrhea. Every person should use a customized treatment plan, as trigger foods and techniques may vary from individual to individual.