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IBS

Experiencing abdominal pain and a change in bowel habits? Whether it includes diarrhea, constipation, or both, you may end up feeling like your bowel movement isn’t finished yet. Mainly affecting the large intestine, you can feel gassy and bloated a majority of the time. Although this is a chronic condition, Katy Gastro Health and Nutrition is able to treat you in order to help you return to the normal you experienced before.
Treating IBS in Katy, Tx

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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

IBS is a common yet chronic condition that affects the large intestine. It appears as symptoms that affect the digestive system, appearing as excessive amounts of gas, cramps, and abdominal pain. Though this condition affects the digestive tract, it will not damage it nor raise the risk of forming colon cancer.

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What are the common symptoms?

A very small number of individuals experience severe signs and symptoms of IBS. Common symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain within the lower half of the abdomen and bloating. If you experience any of the following symptoms regularly, contact Katy Gastro today for an appointment. These symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or a constant alternation between the two

  • Mucus in the feces

  • Excessive gas

  • Bowel movements that are looser or harder than normal

Causes and Risk Factors

Although there is no definitive cause of IBS yet, most researchers believe a combination of experiencing brain-gut dysfunction, dysmotility, and visceral hypersensitivity all can lead or contribute to IBS. In each of these cases, there is a consistent pattern of dysfunction between nerves within the GI tract and how they communicate with the body and hinder its ability to move food throughout the tract.

Diagnosis of IBS

In order to diagnose an individual with IBS, Katy Gastro will first collect medical history and complete a physical exam. Depending on other factors or symptoms present, your doctor may order a colonoscopy in order to examine the issues in more detail.

Treatment Options

Because IBS is a chronic condition, there is no definite formula to follow that works for everybody. Symptoms can be improved by increasing fiber intake, avoiding caffeine, limiting dairy intake, and exercising regularly. Let Katy Gastro personalize a treatment plan for you today that will help fit your lifestyle!

 

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