IBS

Gastro Center of Maryland -  - Gastroenterologist

Gastro Center of Maryland

Gastroenterologists located in Columbia, MD

More than 25 million Americans have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), making it a common condition that gastroenterologists diagnose. If you regularly experience diarrhea or abdominal pain, it’s important to seek medical attention. At the Gastro Center of Maryland, with offices in Columbia, Olney, and Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Pia Prakash, Dr. Josh Rosenbloom, Dr. Eduardo Castillo, and Dr. Dado Xu offer comprehensive care for IBS. To find out how to reduce your symptoms of IBS, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

IBS Q&A

What is IBS?

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a type of gastrointestinal disorder affecting the lower part of the intestinal tract. It causes symptoms such as: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Cramping

When you have a condition like IBS, it can cause distress and intense discomfort. Though, it doesn’t cause any permanent damage to your small or large intestine or lead to severe complications like irritable bowel disease (IBD). 

IBS is a common condition for many adults in the United States. The condition occurs in women more often than men, however, but many develop the condition before they reach age 35. In some cases, the symptoms of IBS can be disabling. It might affect your ability to attend social events, complete work, or travel. 

What causes IBS?

There are many reasons why people might develop IBS. Often, the condition develops in people who have problems with their small or large intestine and epithelium (colon lining). Possible causes of IBS include:  

  • Certain food triggers
  • Frequent diarrhea (bowel contents moving too quickly)
  • Frequent constipation (bowel contents moving too slowly) 
  • Chronic stress and fatigue
  • Lack of good quality sleep 
  • Bacterial infections
  • Changes in the gut microbiome (healthy bacteria)

Low levels of serotonin in the gastrointestinal tract may also trigger IBS.

How is IBS treated?

At Gastro Center of Maryland, the team provides a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of your IBS symptoms. They start by identifying and addressing any IBS triggers, then develop personalized treatment plans that reduce the frequency of your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

Depending on your needs, they might recommend medications like anti-diarrheal drugs and antibiotics or dietary supplements. 

You might also benefit from regular exercise, drinking more fluids, and eating a balanced, high-fiber diet. Stress may worsen your IBS symptoms, so it’s important to reduce stress levels and develop positive lifestyle habits as well. 

While there is no cure for IBS, treatment can help you find relief from your symptoms. The team takes into account all of the factors that may contribute to your IBS.

To find out how the team can help relieve your IBS condition, call the Gastro Center of Maryland or book an appointment online today.