Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the condition most frequently diagnosed by gastroenterologists. It affects up to 15% of people around the world. At Vikram S. Jayanty M.D., the private gastroenterology practice of compassionate physician Vikram Jayanty, M.D., P.A., you can find the IBS relief you need. Call the Houston, Texas, office today or use the online scheduling link to make your appointment.
IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that can cause several disruptive symptoms like abdominal discomfort, bloating, and bowel habit changes. Studies show that IBS happens when the nerve and muscle changes alter the sensations and movements in the bowel.
If you have IBS, it essentially means that your bowels are healthy, but they don’t work like they should. IBS isn’t colorectal cancer, and it doesn’t increase your risk of cancer. But it can cause some very distressing symptoms.
The three general types of IBS each have their own symptoms.
IBS-C includes abdominal discomfort and bloating, along with constipation.
IBS-D causes abdominal discomfort and bowel urgency, along with diarrhea.
IBS-M causes symptoms that alternate between constipation and diarrhea.
About 40% of people with IBS have mild symptoms, 35% have moderate symptoms, and 25% experience severe problems. Your symptoms can start relatively mild but grow more severe over time.
While it’s known that nerve and muscle changes lead to IBS symptoms, the underlying cause of those changes isn’t clear. Certain things tend to trigger IBS in many people. These include:
Everyone has different triggers, which aren’t necessarily apparent in every person.
Dr. Jayanty designs individualized treatment plans for IBS based on your particular form of the disorder and your symptoms. Lifestyle changes, like eating a gut-healthy diet and avoiding trigger foods, are helpful for many people with IBS.
Dr. Jayanty prescribes medications to manage your symptoms, like antidiarrheals, laxatives, and stool softeners. Many patients, especially those with severe abdominal discomfort, find antidepressants helpful. Antibiotics like Rifaximin can help with IBS-D in some people but can’t be used long-term.
Dr. Jayanty regularly seeks out the most up-to-date information on IBS treatments. He often conducts clinical trials in his own office. If you’re interested in trying a cutting-edge advance in IBS treatment, ask about new clinical trials.
IBS is highly manageable when you have the focused support of an expert like Vikram S. Jayanty M.D. Book your appointment now by phone or use online scheduling.