How your gastroenterologists in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, can help if you have IBS.
Do you suffer from stomach or abdominal pain that never seems to go away? If so, it could be a symptom of a more serious condition known as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. Fortunately, your gastroenterologist is an expert at the diagnosis and treatment of IBS.
The gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates offer a wide range of GI services, including treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. They have several convenient office locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, to help you feel better.
So, what exactly is IBS? Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition associated with your large intestine. The cause may be related to improper function of your GI nervous system. Nerve problems affecting your large intestine can result in your intestinal walls not moving correctly. Lack of proper intestinal movement results in food not passing freely from your stomach through your intestines.
You may have irritable bowel syndrome if you frequently experience:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal cramping
- Gas and bloating
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Mucus in your stools
There are a few foods that can worsen the signs and symptoms of IBS. You may need to avoid eating:
- Chocolate and spices
- Fats and milk
- Cabbage and cauliflower
- Broccoli and beans
- Carbonated beverages and alcohol
You should also find ways to manage stress because high-stress levels can also increase IBS symptoms. Yoga, meditation, reading, walking, and deep breathing are all effective ways to lower your stress levels.
For moderate to severe IBS symptoms, its best to visit your gastroenterologist who may recommend:
- Dietary modification, including eliminating gluten and foods with high amounts of sugar
- Medications including fiber supplements, antibiotics, anti-diarrheal medications, and medications to reduce intestinal spasms
- Medications to relax your colon and increase fluid secretion, so you can pass stools easily without straining
You don’t have to suffer from IBS when relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, talk with the experts. Call the gastroenterologists of Digestive Medicine Associates. You can reach them in their offices in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, by calling (305) 822-4107, so call today.