Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California is here to support you when you're struggling with irritable bowel syndrome in Encino, CA. Dr. Mordo Suchov, Dr. Alan Joseph Naim, and their medical staff can help you manage your IBS. Keep reading about IBS and contact us to start controlling your symptoms.
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a chronic intestinal disorder where patients experience flare-ups in gastrointestinal symptoms but also go through periods where symptoms don't show. It is normal to have symptoms like bloating, gas, and diarrhea at times, like after eating certain foods. But if you have IBS, these symptoms are chronic and interfere with your daily life. IBS is more common in women but affects up to 15% of the US population overall.
What causes IBS?
The cause of IBS isn't known exactly, but doctors have identified several risk factors and for each patient, the cause is likely a combination of unique factors. The causes of flare-ups are easier to identify. When you have irritable bowel syndrome, certain foods will exacerbate your symptoms, and stress can also cause flare-ups. Some antibiotics and medical conditions can also contribute to flare-ups. Treatment involves avoiding these triggers when you can.
How is IBS treated?
IBS is a chronic condition and there is no permanent cure, but if you have irritable bowel syndrome, healthy habits can go a long way in managing symptoms. Treatment recommendations will depend on the severity and frequency of your symptoms but a healthy diet and avoiding problematic foods. Once you've developed good habits you can try introducing other foods back into your diet to see if they cause the same symptoms.
Your doctor will recommend exercising regularly to help control your weight and stress levels. If lifestyle changes don't ease your symptoms your doctor may recommend medications.
Get Relief Now
Come see Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California if you're struggling with symptoms of IBS. We can develop a treatment plan for your irritable bowel syndrome in Encino, CA. Contact us for an appointment with Dr. Mordo Suchov or Dr. Alan Joseph Naim at (818) 905-1567.