Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The Digestive Diseases Center at Christian Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for disorders of the digestive system including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It can cause cramping, diarrhea and constipation. IBS can usually be controlled by managing your diet, stress and lifestyle.

Symptoms of IBS

The following are common symptoms experienced with irritable bowel syndrome:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation
  • Mucus in stool
  • Feeling that the bowels don’t empty completely

Diagnosis and Treatment for IBS

Since IBS isn’t considered a severe disease, it is usually diagnosed during process of elimination. Doctors or gastroenterologists diagnose IBS through a patient’s medical history and a physical exam. Other tests that are used to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome are as follows:

Treatment for IBS focuses on relieving the symptoms. Doctors may suggest that you monitor your diet and lifestyle to treat mild symptoms of IBS. For more severe symptoms doctors may suggest the following:

  • Dietary fiber supplements
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Limiting high gas foods
  • Anticholinergic medications
  • IBS-specific medications (Lotronex and Amitiza)

For more information on IBS treatment, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 or email us.