Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal in the U.S. It is estimated the 10-15% of Americans suffer from IBS. 60% of IBS suffers are female. IBS can be associated with another condition called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
The symptoms of IBS include:
- Ongoing abdominal discomfort that occurs at least 3 days a month over the past 3 months.
- Abdominal discomfort is temporarily relieved by having a bowel movement.
- Change in stool frequency. More than 3 bowel movements per day (diarrhea or loose stool) or less than 3 bowel movements per week (constipation).
- Change in appearance of stool: hard, pellets, not well formed, undigested food, liquid, mucous.
- Frequent gas and bloating within 1 hour of a meal.
- Abdominal bloating that progressively worsens throughout the day.
- Digestive issues began after an episode of gastroenteritis also known as food poisoning or dysentery.
The doctors at the UHC specialize in the treatment of IBS and SIBO. They will work with you to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment specific to your signs and symptoms to help restore function and proper digestion.