Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California help patients of all ages manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in Encino, CA. Irritable bowel syndrome interrupts your life but Dr. Mordo Suchov and Dr. Alan Joseph Naim are dedicated to helping patients minimize symptoms and regain control. Keep reading about irritable bowel syndrome and come see us to take control of your digestive health.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a condition characterized by frequent episodes of diarrhea. Other symptoms can include gas, bloating, and constipation. It's normal for symptoms to vary from patient to patient, and it's normal for symptoms to come and go. If you notice these symptoms more than on occasion you could have IBS and you'll want to see a gastroenterologist about your digestive health.
The cause of IBS isn't completely understood by doctors, but for every patient different factors contribute to flare-ups. There is no cure for IBS so treatment revolves around managing symptoms and avoiding your triggers for flare-ups.
Living with IBS
Living with IBS means you'll need to stay vigilant about what triggers episodes for you in particular. There are some common risk factors like stress, hormones, and some antibiotics. However, some things you will need to learn by trial and error, such as avoiding foods that trigger flare-ups because these can be unique to the patient.
Your doctor may prescribe medications or supplements to help with your symptoms. Medications like anti-diarrheal, antibiotics, and antidepressants can be helpful in treating symptoms. Your doctor will recommend reducing stress with regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight for your overall health. Drinking plenty of water will be important to prevent any dehydration that comes along with diarrhea and to ease any constipation.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Encino, CA, Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California is here to help you find relief from your symptoms. To make an appointment with Dr. Mordo Suchov or Dr. Alan Joseph Naim, call us at (818) 905-1567.