Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause abdominal pain, cramping, and issues with constipation and diarrhea. For chronic IBS symptoms, see experienced gastroenterologist George Halow, MD, PA, in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Halow offers personalized and detailed solutions to relieve your IBS symptoms and help you feel more comfortable and confident. To schedule a visit, call or book an appointment online today.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder -- sometimes called a disorder of gut-brain interactions -- that causes a specific group of symptoms. When you experience IBS or other conditions that disrupt normal gut-brain interactions, your gut becomes more sensitive and your brain changes the way the muscles in your gut contract and relax.
The first signs of IBS include pain in your abdomen and changes to your bowel habits with an increase in constipation, diarrhea, or both. Other symptoms of IBS include:
There are three types of IBS, which are categorized based on the patterns of your symptoms. These types include IBS with constipation, IBS with diarrhea, and IBS with mixed bowel habits.
The exact cause of IBS is unknown, though doctors suspect a combination of factors trigger IBS. Dr. Halow understands that every person is unique and their symptoms and IBS triggers may be different from others.
Possible problems that can trigger IBS symptoms include:
Genetics may also play a role in some cases of IBS.
In order to diagnose IBS, Dr. Halow discusses your symptoms with you, aiming to identify a pattern or triggers that may flare up your condition. Since IBS is a chronic condition, you may experience periods where your symptoms increase or decrease, depending on your lifestyle, stress level, and other factors.
Dr. Halow uses a wide variety of treatment approaches to alleviate IBS symptoms, including:
Dr. Halow may recommend one or more of these therapies based on your symptoms. It may take some time before you find the right combination of treatments to address your symptoms successfully.
Set up a consultation to discuss your IBS symptoms with Dr. Halow now by calling the office or booking an appointment online.