Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a Common GI Disorder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that affects almost 60 million people in the U.S. It is characterized by abdominal cramps and pain, gassiness, bloating, and constipation or diarrhea. In affected individuals, the colon muscle sends signals about the need to move the bowels after only mild stimulation. IBS is sometimes called spastic colon, spastic bowel or functional bowel disease, but should not be confused with the more serious inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulerative colitis. Our team at Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates has long experience in the diagnosis and treatment of IBS for patients from all over Queens, including Fresh Meadows, Flushing, and Jamaica. Located at Douglaston, NY, we offer modern state-of-the-art GI care and perform endoscopic services in our advanced facility for complete upper GI and lower GI healthcare.
Taking Control and Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The cause or causes of irritable bowel syndrome are unknown. Miscommunication between the brain and digestive tract, an inability to digest certain foods, systemic problems involving the intestines and stress are among suggested causes of IBS. Diagnosis is usually made based on the symptoms, but a sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy or endoscopy may be part of the evaluation. A chronic condition, there is no cure for IBS, but it can be effectively managed.
No standard treatment for irritable bowel syndrome exists, but therapy is typically aimed at mitigating symptoms of the condition. An irritable bowel syndrome diet eliminates foods such as chocolate, gas – promoting vegetables, carbonated soft- drinks, and artificial sweeteners that may trigger discomfort. Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can also help avoid IBS flare-ups. It’s also advisable for patients to educate themselves about the condition and how to manage it. Maintaining a good relationship with a specialist physician can also help. That’s where we come in.
At Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, we serve patients close by Queens, Douglaston, Bayside, Little Neck and surrounding areas near you. Schedule an appointment at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates today, and let us help you take charge of your GI health!