Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A in Manhattan & New York, NY
What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder that presents a range of symptoms, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Painful gas
- Intolerance of certain foods
There are different types of IBS with distinct symptoms. Determining which type you have will dictate your treatment path.
What causes irritable bowel syndrome?
The exact cause of IBS is not yet known, but it appears that numerous factors contribute to the condition. These are some of the risk factors that can trigger a bout of irritable bowel syndrome:
- Food sensitivities
- Gastroenteritis, or “stomach flu”
- Anxiety or depression
- Hypersensitivity resulting from gas or a full bowel
- Hormonal imbalance
- Bacterial imbalance in your small intestine
How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?
There is no stand-alone test for IBS. Diagnosis involves ruling out other common gastrointestinal issues by way of blood screening, stool tests, or imaging.
Dr. Rubin uses upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and imaging studies to diagnose conditions that can mimic irritable bowel syndrome.
What are the treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome?
Treating IBS is a process of managing your symptoms. No two people share the exact same set of needs when it comes to irritable bowel syndrome, which is why Dr. Rubin takes the time to create an individualized care plan focused on your exact symptoms.
Treatment might include medication to address diarrhea, constipation, pain, or cramping. If bacterial overgrowth is detected, antibiotics can help. If anxiety or depression seems to be affecting your bowel function, antidepressants can be an effective treatment option.
Dr. Rubin also works with you to figure out the best possible diet to keep your symptoms at bay.
If you’re ready to bid farewell to the discomfort, inconvenience, and embarrassment of irritable bowel syndrome, book an appointment to meet with Dr. Rubin as soon as possible by calling our Manhattan, New York, NY Office at (212) 772-2877 today.