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Could You Have IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a surprisingly common condition. It affects up to 15% of the population, but most people are unaware that they have it. To increase understanding of the condition, April is designated as IBS Awareness Month. This health awareness occasion is dedicated to both increasing knowledge about IBS in people who don’t have the disease and helping people with IBS learn more about their disease and lobby for the kind of support they need. Should you speak to your doctor about IBS? Here are the facts you need to know.

IBS 101

IBS is a chronic condition that can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Typically, sufferers experience different symptoms at different times, and not all sufferers will experience the same symptoms. It affects people in all age groups and is more common in women than in men. There is no specific diagnostic test for IBS. Your doctor can make a diagnosis based on your symptoms and by ruling out other conditions that can have similar symptoms.

Symptoms

The classic symptoms of IBS are constipation, diarrhea, and pain. These symptoms can vary significantly in severity, and they may come and go in different combinations without warning. Many people experience periods without any complications followed by periods of flare-ups. Along with these symptoms, many people with IBS have bloating, sleep disturbances, and changes in sexual functioning.

When to See a Doctor

Any time you experience IBS symptoms, consult with a doctor. Although these symptoms can indicate a number of different conditions, and getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards managing your discomfort. Because IBS is not curable and lasts for life, the earlier you are diagnosed and get treatment to manage the condition, the better.

If you are concerned about your gastrointestinal symptoms and think you could have IBS, call Westside Regional Medical Center today and ask for a referral to one of our specialists. Our nurses can also answer your questions about our other hospital services, such as our ER, orthopedics, robotic surgery, and cancer program in Plantation, FL.

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