As many as 15% of American adults have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), in which recurring diarrhea and/or constipation are a chronic issue. But, less than half of sufferers get the help they need. At Northside Gastroenterology Associates, in Cypress and Katy, Texas, caring gastroenterologist Dr. Ayub Hussain, offers IBS treatments that can help you avoid a lifetime of irritating problems. Call one of their offices or schedule an appointment online.
IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes symptoms like chronic constipation, diarrhea, or both. It's called a functional disorder, which means it's related to gut dysfunction rather than structural problems.
IBS isn't a cancer or a precancerous condition, and it's not an early indicator of other gastrointestinal disease. But, that doesn't mean it's not a serious and frustrating problem. Fortunately, IBS isn't something you need to live with. Dr. Hussain at Northside Gastroenterology Associates can help you cope with IBS so you don't have to continue suffering with the uncertainty and frustration of its chronic symptoms.
There are three general classifications for IBS.
IBS with constipation commonly causes chronic constipation, bloating, and abdominal pain, but doesn't usually cause diarrhea.
IBS with diarrhea causes diarrhea, urgent need to defecate, and abdominal pain, but doesn't usually cause constipation.
Mixed IBS causes both constipation and diarrhea with all their associated symptoms.
It's important to describe your symptoms to Dr. Hussain as clearly as possible so he can diagnose the type of IBS and design the right treatment plan.
Dr. Hussain reviews your symptoms carefully, and also performs a physical exam. He typically conducts blood tests as well. If your symptoms suggest other conditions, Dr. Hussain may perform a colonoscopy, a test in which he views your rectum and colon through an ultrathin tube. In certain cases, Dr. Hussain may also perform a biopsy to rule out other inflammatory bowel problems.
The cause isn't certain at this time. Medical research suggests that IBS sufferers might have a particularly sensitive gastrointestinal tract that works either faster or slower than normal.
IBS treatment often starts with changes in your diet and lifestyle.
If these changes don't help with IBS symptoms, Dr. Hussain can prescribe medications created specifically for IBS, if needed. Some options include Alosetron (LotronexⓇ), Eluxadoline (ViberziⓇ), or Rifaximin (XifaxanⓇ) for IBS with diarrhea and Lubiprostone (AmitizaⓇ) or Linaclotide (LinzessⓇ) for IBS with constipation.
Northside Gastroenterology Associates can soothe your IBS symptoms to put the diarrhea and/or constipation behind you. Call either office or book your appointment online now.