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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

The Gastroenterology Group, Inc -  - Gastroenterology Practice

The Gastroenterology Group, Inc

Gastroenterology Practice located in Akron, OH

Up to 15% of adults in the United States need help managing the chronic bloating, gas, and abdominal pain brought on by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). At The Gastroenterology Group, the board-certified doctors offer complete physical exams and other diagnostic tests to confirm IBS causes your symptoms. They also tailor individual treatment plans to your needs so that you can manage your symptoms long-term. Call their office in Akron, Ohio, today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms or book an appointment online.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting your large intestine. This chronic disorder can cause persistent abdominal pain and other symptoms that affect your quality of life.

The exact cause of IBS isn’t well understood. But the condition might develop because of abnormal muscle contractions in the intestines or dysfunction in the nerves that control your digestive system.

Some people might develop IBS after severe diarrhea brought on by bacteria, a virus, or changes in the microbes of your gut. You appear to be at higher risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome if you have a history of stress in your childhood.

When should I seek treatment for irritable bowel syndrome?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Gastroenterology Group for irritable bowel syndrome if you have persistent symptoms like:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Changes in the appearance of stool

Because IBS is a chronic disorder, you’ll need to manage your condition for the rest of your life. The team offers complete diagnostic testing for IBS in-office, including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and stool tests.

They determine which tests you need based on your symptoms and how severe they are.

How is irritable bowel syndrome treated?

The treatment plans at The Gastroenterology Group aim to relieve your symptoms, increase your comfort, and prevent the symptoms from returning.

If your IBS symptoms are mild, you might be able to manage them with diet and lifestyle changes. The team can help you identify foods that seem to trigger your symptoms, and you should include more fiber-rich foods and water in your diet. It’s also vital that you exercise regularly and follow a healthy sleep schedule.

The team can recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat symptoms like constipation or diarrhea. Pain relievers are available to reduce abdominal and intestinal pain.

If your IBS symptoms are severe, you could be a candidate for IBS medications that relax your colon and reduce muscle contractions in the intestines.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, call The Gastroenterology Group today or book a consultation online.